October 1, 2017 | Erin | 4 Comments Did you know that by choosing to adopt a pet, rather than buying one from the pet store, that you are saving a life? It’s true! Often there seems to be a misconception that pets that are in shelters have behavioral issues, have not received adequate health care, or are just unwanted for some reason or another. The reality is that circumstances in a pet owners life change, such as moving, job loss, or illness, that results in the surrender of a pet. The truth about adoption is that it is the best way to add a pet to your life and to give a pet a second chance. Truths About Shelter Pets Shelter Dog Shelter pets are often times used to living with families and can easily adjust to life in your home and with your family. Most shelter pets are given complete medical exams and receive any vaccinations or treatment that they require. Spaying and neutering are generally included as a necessary element of a healthy pet. An assessment of behavior is performed to ensure no surprises. Shelters normally encourage time spent interacting with a pet that you are considering adopting, allowing an opportunity to get to know the pet you are interested in. The staff at a shelter are often available and encourage adoption support. For an adopter, this means answers for questions you may have and resources that may be able to assist you. You will save money adopting a pet instead of purchasing one from a pet store Every time a shelter pet is adopted, a life is saved and the shelter has more room to help another pet. The good that you do by adopting goes beyond the great pet that you will welcome into your life! Truths About Pets Purchased In a Pet Store or Online Puppy Mill Conditions Often times puppies that are purchased from a pet store or online have come from a puppy mill, where profit is the only objective, not the health and safety of dogs. Due to the poor conditions in puppy mills, poor health is common as is questionable genetics. Female dogs are bred as often as possible and are often killed once they can no longer produce litters. Conditions in puppy mills are overcrowded and filthy. Puppies born in mills do not normally receive socialization, sufficient food, water, healthcare or exercise. Puppies are often removed from their mother’s care too soon and develop anxiety issues. This can result in fearfulness and aggressive behaviors. Health issues and diseases are common in Puppy Mill dogs: Health Issues Heart and kidney disease Deafness and eye problems Breathing issues Epilepsy Skeleton and muscle problems Common Diseases Distemper and Parvo Kennel Cough Mange and Fleas Heartworm Chronic Diarrhea Pneumonia and other Upper Respiratory Infections Many pet store owners are quick to state that their pets only come from breeders that are licensed. Unfortunately, the word “licensed” makes one feel ok about purchasing from a pet store or an online dealer. The laws protecting animals in a breeding environment are very minimal. The federal Animal Welfare act requires that any breeder with more than 3 female dogs used for breeding, and who sells the puppies of these dogs, be licensed. Also required is inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Unfortunately, the standards to be met are extremely minimal. With an increase in pets for sale over the internet, foreign breeders are on the rise and there is no legislation overseeing these mills. The highest concentration of puppy mills in the United States are in the Midwest. More than half of the states have chosen to enact stricter laws for commercial breeders, but 21 states have no legislation in place to govern breeders. When considering all the facts about puppy mills, adoption is the only ethical way to bring a pet into our lives. Not only do we have a much greater chance of finding a healthy and happy pet, we are saying no to the horrible conditions pf puppy mills. For every pet adopted from a shelter or rescue group, we are saying that it is not okay to place profit above the inhumane treatment of animals. Please visit https://www.homeoanimal.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-pet-adoption for more information on pet adoption. I would like to leave you with this video that I simply love. Singer/songwriter Cat Stevens loaned his song “I Love My Dog” To PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, to help get the word out about adoption. Enjoy!