Whether or not one believes in the often spouted phrase “too many animals, not enough homes”, some facts are unavoidable. There are more people buying pets than there are people adopting from shelters or rescue groups. Studies show, people get their dogs from shelters only 15 percent of the time – cats less than 10 percent.* With the hundreds of thousands of lovely pets languishing in shelters, these numbers are tragic. For some reason, there is still this cloud hanging over every sheltered animal. They are “second-hand”. Assumed to be filled with health and behavioural problems. It is simply not true.
“I’d love to adopt,” I have heard someone say. “Maybe one day I will have the time to take on a tough case. But I have kids…”
Great! I would say. There are so many happy, kid-friendly dogs in the shelter right now. Dogs that would love to be your child’s new best friend.
“We would really rather have a kitten. We would like to start fresh.”
Fantastic! Shelters almost always have kittens, especially in the spring and summer.
“But it is so expensive… I can get a puppy online for free.”
Aha! This is where I like to point out this brilliant chart put together by the NS SPCA.
When one adds all the numbers, it is actually cheaper to adopt. One is actually saving money by going to a shelter.
If that hasn’t convinced anyone, maybe I will let the animals speak for themselves. They may not be able to talk but I think they do a very good job of making my point for me.
This is Driver, an adorable lab/shepherd mix puppy. Is it possible to resist this fuzzy little face? I doubt it.
This is Barclay. Mostly, I admit to posting his photo because I desperately want him for myself. He already knows how to roll over! Since I am trying to stop myself from driving down there to pick him up, I really need someone else to take him home before I can. Consider it a personal favour.
This gorgeous tortoise-shell kitten is Lotus. I can only imagine how pretty she will be as she grows up. Just look at those tiny paws!
And this is Neil. I wasn’t sure I wanted to share him with the world because I am still debating taking him for myself. He is enormous and the biggest sweetheart of a feline I have ever seen. Not to mention ridiculously good-looking. If he doesn’t find a new home soon, we may have a new family member by the end of the week.
If you still aren’t convinced that adopting is the way to go then maybe you should check out the many fabulous posts from all corners of the Internet in celebration of Petfinder’s 15th birthday.
I dare you.
*Source: “A No Kill Blueprint for Shelters”, Nathan Winograd.