People love dogs and cats and it’s easy to get caught up in the cuteness of them as babies—but there are so many amazing animals with a variety of ages, looking for love and are ready to be adopted from rescues. It is essential to become aware of the shelter situation and how many animals are in need and waiting to meet with their forever family. Although there’s a day annually dedicated to spreading support and awareness, this is a cause that should be considered every day. Here are a few reasons to rescue a pet on National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.
One of the main reasons an animal is left in a shelter or rescue is because it has a disability. Taking on a pet is a responsibility, and the presence of a disability does require an added level of effort. It’s time to normalize animals with disabilities and accept they have just as much to offer as any other pet. Walkin’ Pets has made it a mission to provide families and their pets with supportive equipment and carts for disabled dogs and other animals. A physical impairment shouldn’t hinder an eligible animal from being united with the perfect family.
Euthanasia should be reserved for animals in severe and unrelenting pain, who are terminally ill, or who are dangerous. Unfortunately, in some places due to overcrowding or longevity of not being adopted, animals who have so much more life to live are euthanized. Spreading awareness and encouraging people to visit shelters and take home a pet who’s been there a terribly long time is essential in changing things.
It Costs Less to ADOPT
Shelters and rescues are full of happy, healthy pets waiting to be adopted. Most animals end up at shelters due to something going wrong within their previous homes such as moving or divorce. Shelters want their animals to be adopted. If the pets aren’t already fixed, they often offer the cost of spay/neuter and vaccinations include in the adoption cost. Occasionally, they’ll even cover microchipping. Animals who are already housebroken will end up saving you money as well.
Every day should be adopt-a-pet day. There are so many loving pets just waiting for their big break. These are just a few reasons to rescue a pet on National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. Puppies and kittens are cute, but they’re a lot of work. There are an abundance of equally loving, fun, and loyal pets that need a home.