Some people dream of having a pure bred dog or cat and pay a lot of money to get what they want. For individuals or families looking for a loving pet to add to their household, adopting a pet can be just as good, if not better than buying. Kirk Hogan Baur encourages adoptions because it saves the lives of animals. As a volunteer pilot for Animal Rescue Flights, he has transported animals from overcrowded “kill” shelters.
So why should you adopt rather than buy a pet? Well first, you will feel better about your decision. When you buy a pet, you pay more money and the person you buy from reaps the rewards. When you adopt from a shelter, you save the life of an animal that may have been euthanized and your small adoption fee helps the shelter save and heal other animals.
Saving lives is only one reason to adopt from a shelter. Kirk Hogan Baur has seen the difficult decisions shelters make when the only way to relieve overcrowding is euthanizing animals. Adopting from a shelter can save a life and reduce overcrowding.
Saving money is another good reason to adopt. If you buy from a breeder, you may have to spay or neuter your pet, get its vaccinations, etc. Adopting from a shelter is cheaper and animals are already spayed, neutered, and vaccinated. Older animals, like adult dogs and cats may be even cheaper too.
Shelter pets are also evaluated for temperament. In the numerous flight rescue trips Kirk Hogan Baur has made, he was always impressed with the calm and friendly temperament of each pet. When you adopt from a shelter, the animals health and behaviors are evaluated. Shelters won’t adopt out an animal that is not considered safe.
Kirk Hogan Baur also recommends shelter pets because being with a foster parent or trainer, the shelter staff has had plenty of time to evaluate the animal’s habits. The shelter can then recommend which animals are good with other dogs, cats, children, etc. When adopting, pet parents can also get information regarding whether an animal was a stray or an owner surrender. Owner surrender pets may even be trained!
For people that do want a pure breed, some shelters offer waiting lists. If not in a hurry to get a pet right away, Kirk Hogan Baur recommends this so people can get the breed of animal they want. However, you may not be able to pick a sex or age.
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