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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Adopt, Not Buy

When I went to an animal shelter in Los Angeles 3 years ago, I didn’t expect to go home with a dog. I was still trying to figure out which dog would be a good fit for me and my home. But, when they brought Callie into the room and she immediately jumped into my lap and started kissing me, I knew she was mine and vice versa. And the rest is history. So, why should people adopt rather than buy? Even in 2013, many are simply not aware of the consequences of buying a dog. They may think that shelter dogs are ‘used’ or they want a ‘particular’ dog. Here are 5 reasons why you should adopt and never buy:

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P.S. This isn’t a photo of Callie.  Just a (really cute) stock photo of a dog. But, if you want to see a photo of Callie, I’ll gladly send you one because I love to show her off. 🙂

1. You’d be saving a life. The HSUS estimates that 6-8 million animals enter shelters each year and 3-4 million are euthanized. When you buy from a breeder, you are killing a shelter dogs chances at being adopted.

2. Shelter dogs have lots of love. Shelter dogs tend to appreciate what they have. They understand what it’s like to be a rock bottom sitting in a cage at the shelter. So, when you give them a forever home they  return the favor with endless love. Most shelter dogs are also already house trained and know basic commands.

3. Adopting a companion is cheaper. Plus, your money goes to a good cause (helping other animals get out of the shelter!). Most shelters and adoption centers will have animals which have received full medical attention and been spayed / neutered, micro chipped and up-to-date with all their vaccines which will save on your quotations for multi-pet insurance plans.

4. Shelters care about finding a suitable home. Okay, so, I’m sure there are some breeders who care about who buys which dog but breeders are trying to make a profit. In other words, breeders have a skewed motive. Unlike shelters who genuinely want to make sure the animals in their care go home to a good family.

5. Less genetically inherited health problems. Purebreds tend to have more health problems, as opposed to mixed breeds. Besides the fact that now an animal is suffering because someone wanted to turn a profit, you’re also potentially looking at a lot of health care costs.

Need more reasons to adopt? Living with a companion has been proved to lower your blood pressure, reduce anxiety and can help you live longer. Awesome, right? Share this post on Twitter and Facebook with your friends and family!

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10 Things You Can Donate to Your Local Animal Shelter

sad-scared-dog-at-dog-poundAnimal shelters depend on donations to save lives. You can use your spring cleaning to get rid of old things you’re not using any more and donate these items to animal shelters to help them not only save lives, but make the lives of those animals a little softer, warmer and more comfortable.

  1. Used pet toys or new eco ones
  2. Used dog and cat sweaters and clothes or new eco ones
  3. Used bedding or new eco bedding
  4. Used towels or new, eco towels
  5.  Recycled paper and plastic bags
  6. Veggie dog food
  7. Newspaper
  8. Office supplies
  9. Dog & cat beds (used or new and eco)
  10. Kennels & crates (used or new and eco)

If you’re not sure where your closest shelter is, here is a full list of shelters by state.

What are some other things that you donate to your local animal shelter? Share in the comments!