To rehome or to adopt a pet? That is the question…Well, the answer is: It depends on your situation.
I work from home, so I can spend as much time as I like with my pets. This means I can give my dog all the exercise and training she needs and I can give my cats all the fuss (and food) they want.
In my situation, I could either adopt or buy. I could adopt an animal that needs lots of work and attention because I am working from home, or I could buy a puppy because I am in a position to keep an eye on a little fluffy thing 24/7.
Your situation might be different and perhaps your best choice would be a purebred, simply because it will give you a “guarantee” on what sort of temperament your chosen pet will have.
If you are in a flexible position just like me, I would invite you to adopt. Please read below to know why 🙂
Shelters are Over-crowded
If you were to Google “Animals Killed in Shelters Each Year“, lots of articles would come up with different statistics, mainly about US shelters. Around 2 to 3 million animals are euthanised each year only in the US, due to a lack of space in shelters and not enough people adopting these animals. You an only imagine what the numbers would look like, if you were to estimate this worldwide.
Shelters have all the best intentions. There are many volunteers out there who go above and beyond, however all these efforts never seem to be enough, especially since every month purebreds are bred for the purpouse of making a profit, leaving fewer chances to those animals who are already on this earth and sometimes even end up spending their lives in shelters (if lucky enough to be in one of those non-killing ones).
Breeders Make Profits out of Living Beings
We all have heard horror stories of breeders who sell puppies who, at first, seem well looked after but then end up having some untreated illnesses.
These people are not animal lovers and all they want is making profit. There is nothing more infuriating than knowing that someone out there is making a living out of helpless living beings.
Did you know that many breeders try to minimise expenses by doing the following?:
- Keeping vet visits to the bare minimum by skipping health checks
- Spending less on keeping things clean
- Constant breeding to maximise number of sales
- Not registering themselves as breeders to local councils
If you really want to buy a pet, please do your research first and only buy from trustworthy breeders!
Elderly Pets Deserve a Home too
Puppies, kittens and any other baby animals are cute, I am not going to lie… but they are not for everyone.
Just like babies, young animals need a lot of attention, as well as having someone who is at home most of the time.
For instance, a puppy needs the toilet at least once every 2 hours, so if you like uninterrupted sleep at night and if you work all day, buying a puppy would probably not be the right choice for you…
You may think elderly pets are boring but believe me, my dog is 10 years old and has beaten cancer this year… She is so full of energy and she amazes me every day. She loves running and playing 🙂
Of course I know that in a few years time she will start slowing down but nothing will stop us from snuggling up in front of the TV or going for train rides (She loves steam trains)!
Save that Cash and Treat your Adopted Dog
Buying a pet can cost you up to £1000. Imagine being able to save that money to treat a pet who has always spent their life in a shelter. Perhaps you are dog person and you could treat yourself and your new rescue dog to a vacation at the beach? 🙂
Perhaps if you can afford to spend so much on a purebred, then you might realise that you can afford to give a home to 2 rescue pets? Believe me, there is nothing better than living in a home filled with so much love and joy!
Still Unsure whether to Buy or Adopt?
I find that the video below adds a bit more to what I have mentioned at the beginning of this article.
This is a very important decision to make, so I would invite you to read and research as much as you can and think about your situation very carefully.
Here is the video:
If you feel like you want to talk things through with someone and you need talk about your specific situation, please do feel free to email me. I would be more than happy to give you some advice 🙂
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below <3