Adopt a Pet – Why Rehoming is Better Than Buying

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 or leave a comment below <3







Author: Cristina

11 thoughts on “Adopt a Pet – Why Rehoming is Better Than Buying

  1. I’ve bought one dog at a pet store that was a purebred chihuahua. I also adopted one from a shelter that had a history of abuse. She is a beagle. She has ended up being one of the best dogs I have. When we got her she was afraid of everyone and everything and super skinny. Now she goes up to everyone and licks them. She’s also quite plump now too! Rehoming dogs is great and I’m glad we did it.

    1. Eric, that is great to hear 🙂

      I feel like animals know when they are in a safe place and I am sure your dog has realised how much you have changed her life for the better!

      I wish you and your dogs all the best!


  2. I agree with you, choosing to adopt a pet is very rewarding. This summer we adopted a 13 year old Jack Russell and she seems to have settled into our home and life very well. Originally a town dog she absolutely loves living by the sea. We do find she is a bit grumpy when she is tired and is still very energetic and playful.

    1. Aww Dianne, that is fantastic! I wish there were more people like you out there, giving a home to elderly pets. I am sure she is having a good life with you 🙂


  3. Wow! The stats on shelter animals is overwhelming!! I knew it was high but until your article I had not realized just how bad. 🙁 I am an animal lover that has in the past done both. I have gotten from a shelter and it was wonderful and low cost. My (yogi )dog did come with problems that were not forseen though and passed after just 2 years of us adopting. My last one sweet lil (Dolly) I did buy her when she was 2 months just after being weened. One of my decisions on buying her as I am for adopting more than buying personally,but in Dolly’s case it was from a trusted friend. I would not do puppy mills and I think most should be shut down 🙁 Great article and hopefully this holiday season it will give more folks insight into adopting.

    1. Hi Cathy,

      Thank you for your comment.

      I have nothing against buying, as long as it is done through trustworthy sources and for a good reason.

      I am glad you found my article useful and I hope other people out there will find the info they need by reading it.


  4. I must agree with you. Adopting elder pet is nothing bad and I am looking to find one. I don’t know why people want to buy pets instead of rehoming one. I am for that that every person should have a dog in house because it is a true friend. I had one and he died last year in a accident so I will definitely adopt one.

  5. Hello Cristina,

    I love all your articles I also love all the furry ones that you show in your images.

    In my life I’ve had dogs and cats on the street looking for love.

    I have also bought breed animals. I have always received a lot of love in all cases.

    Adopt once a cat with very bad behaviors impossible to result education.

    I gave it to my mother-in-law and the cat had a change in her incredible behavior.

    Live the animals!

    Regards! Claudio

    1. Hi Claudio,

      I am glad to hear you love pets too 🙂

      I personally don’t know what I would do without pets… They are my everything!


  6. I totally agree! My parents-in-law adopted Tomy two years ago, an old cat with motor problems. Tomy had apparently had a very sad life until he came to their home. He is the “king” of the house now. Everyone can see he is utterly happy with his new home. 🙂 I believe every animal deserves to end their days in a loving environment. <3 Nathalie

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