Pet adoption.

People that love animals might imagine that a world chock-full of sweet, loving, loyal, and adorable companion animals would be a dream come true. And it would, if all of the world’s pets had warm, supportive, and happy homes. The truth is that millions of homeless pets enter animal shelters every year, and only a small percentage of these find homes. Pet adoption is just one way that we can affect the numbers of homeless pets, and we’re all about that!

Buying Versus Adopting

If you’ve ever been to a pet store you know well the heart-wrenching scene of pets for purchase. Whether you’re viewing fish, rodents, rabbits, or birds, there is no shortage of pets to buy. And while all of these animals are just as deserving as those in animal shelters or rescues, buying animals supports the pets-for-profit paradigm that many pet lovers want to stop.

With more than 6 million pets entering U.S. shelters every year, it makes the most sense to adopt a pet instead of purchasing one.

Animal Shelter Adoptions

Most animals find themselves at shelters for reasons that have nothing to do with them. Whether they’re surrendered because of owner circumstance or something else entirely, these pets are all deserving of a warm, safe home.

Shelters take in all sorts of pets regardless of age or history. They provide medical care, nutrition, socialization, and enrichment in the effort of facilitating pet adoption. To ensure that the pet adoption is even more seamless, shelters typically microchip, spay/neuter, and establish disease prevention through parasite prevention medication and vaccinations.

What About Breeders?

Responsible breeders uphold breed integrity and consistency. In this way, they are viable sources for pet owners looking for a specific breed, but they can be extremely costly. If you have your heart set on a specific pet breed, they can definitely be found at animal shelters as well. You can reach out to shelters and request notification if/when your breed of choice comes in, and most shelter websites are designed to help you find just the right breed for you and your family. 

A Successful Pet Adoption 

It’s not uncommon for people to work with breeders or private pet owners to find a young pet. Puppies can be hard to find at animal shelters, but not impossible. When they do come in, they get snatched up long before older animals. 

Speaking of older animals, adult and senior pets make fantastic pets. They seem to know that they are being rescued. They react to this with overwhelming love and affection for the person/people that adopts them. In fact, their loyalty and unconditional love and companionship are palpable!

Save a Life

Because there are always pets in need of a home, when you complete a pet adoption at a shelter you are freeing up a bed for another animal looking for a home. Your pet adoption not only directly impacts your new best friend, but gives another chance to some other animal. 

Making a Difference

If you have experienced all the good feelings of a meaningful, important pet adoption, spread the word! Let other people know how adopting a pet from a shelter has changed your life for the better. 

If we can assist you with any questions about pet adoption, please let us know. We’re always happy to help at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital.