Puppy mills are largely responsible for selling dogs. These mills are somewhat of a well-kept secret of the pet-trade industry.
They supply animals to pet stores and purebred enthusiasts without providing proper care, and as a result, millions of animals die in animal shelters. It’s a common practice for puppy mills to keep animals in dirty and filthy conditions without any regard for their well-being.
For example, female dogs are bred again and again until they can no longer give birth to puppies. Then they are sold off or killed. Mothers and their litters usually suffer from malnutrition and a lack of proper medicinal care.
By buying a dog you are supporting puppy mills.
Below I’ll describe a few reasons why dog adoption is the best option to choose.
You are Saving a Life
Did you know? 2.7 million dogs and cats that could be adopted are killed every year. The process of euthanasia, the act or practice of killing an animal that is very sick or injured in order to prevent any more suffering, is also used to keep the stray pet population low.
One of the primary reasons why these animals are euthanized is that too many pets come into shelters and too few people adopt them.
The number of euthanized animals could be reduced considerably if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. By adopting, you are saving your animal and opening up shelter space for another one who may require it.
You are Supporting a Charity
When you adopt a pet from a shelter, you help and support a not-for-profit organization. Supporting this type of cause ensures animals without homes are well-cared for and adopted. These organizations benefit potential pet owners as well because adopting a pet is more affordable than buying a pet.
You also help spread their message because people will ask you where you got your cute pet from.
You Are Improving Your Health
Dog adoption is not just about the animal, but about you too.
We all know that animals like cats and dogs give us unconditional love, but what many people may not know is studies have found that animals are psychologically, emotionally, and physically beneficial to human beings.
Taking care of a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment in your life, and can also reduce feelings of loneliness and seclusion in all age groups.
You can’t buy love, but you can adopt a dog; which is a better option for everyone involved.
Being the most intelligent of all species, we have a responsibility towards the lesser intelligent creatures. I hope the reasons listed above will inspire you to love and take care of a dog.
Farhan Musavi is a freelance writer.