Whether it’s for unconditional love and companionship or the wellness benefits they provide, owning a little fur ball can add plenty of joy to your life!
And just as Important as deciding to get a pet, is deciding where you actually get them. Here are our Top 5 Reasons to Adopt a Rescue!
Not only is it cheaper to get your new best friend from a rescue organization over a breeder, most will already have been spayed/neutered and gotten first vaccinations (sometimes even microchipping!)
Some people get the misconception that shelter pets are brought there for behavioural problems, when in fact most shelter pets wound up there because of a human problem such as a move, a divorce or financial challenges. Many rescue animals are great, loving companions, often even house trained!
Both literally and figuratively. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial to their companions. Owning a pet can decreased stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, decreased risk of heart attack and stroke and even improve your immunity. Many owners of rescue animals experience a profound level of love and gratitude from their pet, almost as if they know you saved them!
Rescue animals should be fully vaccinated and spayed/neutered before you adopt. They’ve gone through veterinary exams and many have had behavioural assessments that test them around other animals, kids & food. Your new pet should never be an impulse buy. Not doing enough research before you buy can leads to some sad statistics. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs and 1 out of every 12 cats born will find a permanent home. Most rescue organization take great care into finding the right fit just for you!
Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. More than ½ will not make it out alive. In Canada, more than 87,000 cats and 33,000 dogs entered shelters in 2017. Adopting not only saves a life but it also makes room for other animals in shelters who may be victims of puppy mills, over breeding and homelessness.
Not to mention, you'll earn some major bragging rights! Everyone loves a good rescue story.
All that being said there’s lots of reasons to adopt and support our local rescue organizations. We invite you to join the conversation, maybe over a nice cup of coffee! ;)