It is no secret that pet overpopulation is becoming a serious problem. There are several animals who are living on the streets as a result of irresponsible breeding or incompetent owners. Unfortunately, most of these animals will never know the love and comfort of a real home; most of these animals will either die on the streets or be euthanized in overcrowded animal shelter.
Here is a list on why potential pet owners should consider animal adoption before purchasing a pet.
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Most animal shelters are too crowded to properly accommodate stray animals
While animal shelters are established to help animals in need, most animal shelters have become far too crowded to properly care for the animals that come their way. There is not enough food, shelter, or personnel to give all of the animals the quality of life they deserve. Sadly, some animal shelters are forced to euthanize some of their animals because their shelters are too crowded.
Adopting a pet will help alleviate over-crowed shelters. In some cases, adopting a pet from an over-crowded shelter can even save the animal from euthanasia!
Here are few links to animal shelters in the Chicagoland area:
Chicago Animal Care and Control
Animal Welfare League
Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E)
Romeoville Humane Society
Adopting pets can potentially help end pet overpopulation
Most shelters make it a point to neuter or spay the animals that come into their shelters. Animals who are old enough to have the surgery done are "fixed" before they are allowed to be adopted.
It may seem like a small step, but neutering and spaying pets in animal shelters can make a huge difference! A majority of animals that end up in animal shelters are a result of unwanted or irresponsible breeding.
By adopting a pet that is neutered or spayed, you are supporting the movement to help end pet overpopulation.
If you already have a pet and would like to neuter or spay them contact your local veterinarian. For those looking for low-cost options, you can contact PAWS Chicago.
Some puppies sold in stores are from puppy mills
The continued existence of puppy mills is a very serious issue. Mother dogs and puppies suffer as a result of extremely poor living conditions. They are often placed in small cages where they have minimal room to move and live. Mother dogs are forced to repeatedly have puppies so the owners of puppy mills can profit from their offspring.
Puppy mills sell their puppies to pet stores. While adopting a pet from an animal shelter may not immediately eradicate puppy mills, it will ultimately help end them. By adopting a dog from an animal shelter, you are driving puppy mills out of business. If there is no demand for puppies, then puppy mills will no longer see breeding puppies as profitable.
To learn more about the horrors of puppy mills, visit The Puppy Mill Project. They also hosts various educational events throughout the Chicago area.
Adopting a pet will help give animals a new chance to find a loving home
Some animals that end up in animal shelters are surrendered by their owners. Owners surrender their animals for several reasons. They may no longer be able to properly take care of their pet due to life changes or financial reasons. Some owners surrender their pets simply because they no longer want to care for them. Either way, a surrendered pet suffers because they are ripped from the comfort of their homes and placed into an animal shelter.
Most of the animals that are surrendered tend to be a little older. They have spent several years with their families only to be abandoned. They are often scared and confused when they realize they are living in an animal shelter instead of their homes.
Adopting a pet will help these abandoned animals find a loving home again.
Adopting a pet will help support animal shelters and animal rescues
Several animal shelters and animal rescue groups rely heavily on donations to continue operating. These organizations help by not only finding animals their forever homes, but by also providing care for them in the meantime.
Adopting a pet helps support these organizations. Without continued support from the public, these organizations would cease to exist and animals would no longer have a safe place to go.