The positives of adopting animals greatly outweighs the negatives

Emily Extin, Copy Editor

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Adopting one animal tremendously saves more than one life.

Out of the 6.5 million animals put into shelters each year, 1.5 million are euthanized. Each year. Let that sink in.     

The “Adopt Don’t Shop” phrase isn’t as important to the public as it should be. So many people brush adoption aside because they feel like they can’t make a difference.

Shelters are already overcrowded and short on supplies, so freeing up more space for new animals makes a positive impact, no matter how small it may seem.

There is an endless amount of reasons to adopt an animal, yet so many people are uninformed about them.

The biggest reason is puppy mills and kitten mills. Those breeders we think the “perfect dog” or “perfect cat”  are coming from are not giving those pets proper living conditions. Some animal mills can have up to 1,000 animals under one roof.

These mills care more about mass producing and making a profit rather than the wellbeing of their animals.

They spend their days in small wire cages, cramped together with multiple other animals. The amount of socialization these animals have with each other and with humans is minimal all because of the understaffed mills. Their poor socialization skills are going to stay with them and may cause more problems later on.

These animals live in such unsanitary conditions that they have high risks of contracting internal parasites. Along with the risk of sickness, these animals have to endure malnutrition and injuries that often go untreated because of the poor condition of the mills. Do we really want our future animal living like this?

This issue specifically is closer to us than we may think. There have been incidents in pet stores around here that were found selling sick and injured animals that came from puppy mills to unknowing customers, and we had no idea.

Adopting rather than shopping for animals can save you up to $3105. By shopping from mills or pet stores, we run the high risk of buying an animal we know nothing about, and that cost is not including those health problems.

However, there still could be unknowns with adopting. The animals former home, breed, or what their breed entails are all subjects that require research. It might seem that shelters know all about the animals they are adopting out,  but they may not be telling you everything.

There also may be breeders that are not anywhere near as extreme as animal mills, yet think about those animals that don’t get adopted. They go to shelters, and only 1 out of every 10 animals are going to find their permanent home.

Have you thought about where these “beloved” pet stores get their animals? Breeders and puppy mills. Think about how many animals lives would be saved if we step up and stop buying from these businesses. If we cut off the profit breeders and pet stores earn from buyers, they will be out of business, and people won’t have the option to buy anymore. Shelters would no longer be short on space, supplies, or adopters.

Rescuing my dog from a shelter changed my world just as much as it changed hers, if not more. I was terrified of dogs and she managed to change my mind on that so quickly. She is the epitome of a perfect dog, and the fact that we rescued her makes it even better.

Next time you see those “before and after” pictures all over social media of adopted animals, think about how you could be the reason for that next post. You are changing their lives forever. Adopt don’t shop. It makes a bigger difference than it may seem.