Why You Should Adopt A Stray
Thu, September 29, 2022

Why You Should Adopt A Stray

Stray dogs can be a great companion in many certain ways / Photo Credit: sonjachnyj via 123rf


Overpopulation is a serious problem in animal shelters. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that 1.5 million animals are euthanized every year due to overcrowding. This is why pet owners should consider bringing home a pet in the new year, by adopting a furry friend from a trusted animal shelter in order to help alleviate this growing concern. 

Aside from saving animals from euthanasia, adopting a pet can also help one save a lot of money. Instead of spending a lot on an expensive dog breed, one can still have a cute, adorable, and loving pet with them by taking in a stray. Remember that breeders and pet stores are selling these animals at higher costs, and keeping them might also cost you much more compared to taking care of animals from shelters or animal rescue organizations. 

It is a well-documented fact that having a pet can be beneficial for one's health and lifestyle. Pets encourage physical activity, and can also lower a person’s blood pressure as they improve their owners’ moods during stressful situations. 

Adoption is cheaper


In stray dog adoption, price wouldn't be a problem / Photo Credit: rawpixel via 123rf


The Simple Dollar, a resource for anyone looking to learn real-life money management, said on their website that adopting a pet from a rescue group or shelter is significantly less expensive than the alternative. Breeders typically charge $1000 or more for their pure-bred animals, and pet stores sell their animals at an equally expensive rate.

These fees can soar higher when you include the costly vaccinations, and spay or neuter surgery which is needed to keep your pet safe. On the other hand, pets from shelters cost their owners less throughout their lifetime. Their overall health tends to be a lot better than pure-bred animals because the latter are prone to health issues such as an enlarged heart, breathing difficulties, and hip dysplasia. 

"When you buy a pet, you not only deny a homeless pet a home, you are supporting an industry that thrives on short-changing the welfare of animals. Puppy and kitten mills, which sell to pet stores, are in business to make a profit, so they chum out puppies and kittens as fast as they can. These animals are often in ill-health and have problems like poor socialization skills due to lack of human companionship and genetic defects due to inbreeding,” Francis Battista, co-founder of the Best Friends Animal Society, explained. 

A stray saver

When you consider adopting a pet, think about the fact that you are considering becoming a part of something greater-- at least for the health of the animals who are living on the streets or being cramped in a small animal shelter. Petcurean, a company that provides premium quality, nutrient-rich foods for pets, said in an article that adopting a pet provides a safe and secure loving environment for those who really need it. 

These animals from the shelters are those who have been lost, given up, or abandoned. Even if they are just animals in other people’s eyes, think of how grateful they can be when someone provides them with a new family to take care of them and make them feel wanted.


Saving stray animals would automatically mean that the humanity still care for the animal hood / Photo Credit: Antonio Gravante via 123rf.


Breaking the overpopulation cycle

When an animal shelter becomes overpopulated, euthanasia is usually considered. Donations, no-kill policies, and volunteers who can provide assistance remain very helpful in these shelters. This is why adopting a pet from a shelter can help in decreasing the number of residents stuck within their walls.

PAWS, an organization that helps people take care of animals, mentioned on their website that once you adopt a pet from your local animal shelter, you are also responsible for allowing them to acquire the healthcare procedures that they need. Veterinarians can also perform simple operations -- spay and neuter -- on cats and dogs in order to prevent them from having too many kittens and puppies. 

There are a lot of wonderful dogs and cats who are just waiting for a loving home and someone who will take care of them. There are not enough homes for all the animals that are born every year. But even senior pets in these shelters need someone to be with them during their frail years as their previous pet owners neglected them. 


Besides of having a buddy, adopting stray animals will be a great help in decreasing their outgrowing population / Photo Credit: okssi68 via 123rf


There’s a lot of variety to choose from

Since shelters are swarming with different kinds of animals, future pet owners can choose from a wider variety of pets from animal shelters. When you adopt one, you are also easing the burden of these shelters who also take in millions of stray, abused, and lost animals every year. 

Even if these animals aren't purebred, they are totally capable of giving their owners unconditional love. These animals also know how to show their affection for their new family by protecting them and expressing their feelings in their own different ways.