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Thursday, 24 October 2013

The Benefits of Rescue Animals

Are you thinking about welcoming a furry critter into your home but don't know whether you should adopt or buy? I'm here to give you a reason to adopt. Besides the obvious fact of giving an animal a home and life it otherwise wouldn't have, rescue animals come with other awesome perks. "The HSUS estimates that animal shelters care for 6-8 million dogs and cats every year in the United States, of whom approximately 3-4 million are euthanized." That is a lot of unwanted animals and yet people still feel the need to breed animals on a mass scale, simply so they can have "pedigree" and pure breed show quality animals. But even still, many pure breed animals end up in shelters and also end up under the needle. Rescuing animals is just one way you can become an animal advocate. Give an otherwise hopeless case an existence and a life filled with love, kindness and hope, a thing all animals should receive.

I have decided to make a list of reasons, besides the obvious ones, that rescuing is the best way to go:

  1. Rescue animals tend to all ready to be socialized. Obviously, this is not always the case, especially in extreme cases of neglect or abuse but most rescue animals, in my experience, tend to be the most loving and affectionate companions around. Some may be timid and shy in the beginning but it doesn't take long for them to warm up to you. Give them a dependable, loving home and they will give you exactly the same in return.
  2. Most of them are already potty trained. That's right, you don't have to worry about accidents and training them to use the litter box or go outside to do their business. Adult animals usually have already been taught the proper places to go. Of course, you must be patient since they will be in a new environment but it usually doesn't take long for them to learn the new rules and surroundings. 
  3. Many animals in shelters already have their vaccinations, spay or neutering and veterinary care. That means a lot less bills for you in the future. 
  4. The obvious and most important reason is you are saving a life, giving a perfectly healthy, loving animal a chance for a future and also giving yourself a sense of fulfillment. I promise you won't regret it.


My rescues, Titus and Meeka. Previously abused and neglected. Now they have a loving home with my husband and I.

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