Animal Adoption During the Holidays
Animals need some love too!
Animals are in desprate need of homes during these cold winter months. More than ever, animals are being taken into shelters in an alarming rate. Based on information released by the ASPCA, approximately 7.6 million animals enter animal shelters every year in the nation. More than half of those animals are cats and dogs. About 2.7 million animals are euthanized. That shouldn't make you happy, right? It's a great idea to help these animals especially during the holidays.
Don't Shop, Adopt!
It's a very good idea to adopt from a shelter rather than going to a pet store. Most pet stores happen to get their puppies from puppy mills. You may be wondering, "What's a puppy mill?". A puppy mill is an establishment that breeds puppies to sell them. Usually, the conditions where puppies are bred are usually inhumane and can be considered as a neglect to the dogs. People who purchase a dog from the pet stores might even report their puppy becoming ill. Most people, like me, who happen to know the evil that happens behind the doors of puppy mills won't support pet stores. I personally find it better to adopt or rescue an animal rather than supporting puppy mills through pet stores.
Some before getting your new companion
If you plan on getting a companion as a gift for yourself or for a loved one be sure to conduct a lot of research! Like marriage, you should be commited to your pet!
Is the breed suitable for your lifestyle? Some breeds or species of animals may require a lot of space to fulfill their exercise needs. If you happen to have children in your household it is very important that the animal you are getting is known to have a good temperment around young kids or not.
Are you looking for a pet that's going to live for a long time? There are animals out there that can live a long time such as tortoises and macaws. Other animals, like fish, generally won't live as long.
Can you afford the expenses? A lot of owners are forced to give up their companion because they can't afford to care for it anymore. There are a lot of expenses associated with having a companion animal such as vet bills, food, medication, toys, and a lot more.
Hopefully you pick the right companion for you. If you decide that you are not ready for a pet, but you want to interact with them, it is a great idea to volunteer at your local animal shelter. There's nothing better than seeing happiness on an animal's face! It's also great if you tell others about adopting animals instead of shopping for a pet.
Be sure to keep your new companion nice and warm throughout the holidays.
Have fun guys and happy holidays!
What animal would you like to have for Christmas?
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