As we usher in the Year of the Dog, some may want to own a dog this year as a sign of “good luck”. We can't say if that is true, but what we do know is that owning a dog is a long-term commitment and requires a lot of hard work.
If you have your heart set on having a pet dog or any other pets as a matter of fact, here are 5 reasons why you should adopt and not buy one.
Reason 1: You are saving a life
Many animals are euthanized (some killed inhumanely, you've heard news of that we bet) each year due to overpopulation at shelters and pounds. Although a few shelters operate a no-kill policy, not all can afford to do so. By adopting, you are giving a shelter animal a second chance in life!
Reason 2: You could actually save two lives
Simply because for every animal that is adopted, a space is available for another desperate one in need of rescue. Go on, pay a visit to a shelter or pound near you to register your interest in adoption. You can also check out JomPaw Charities that work with various animal shelters to find out more about adopting a pet.
Reason 3: It's the only way to stop illegal puppy mills
Mothers of puppies you see at pet stores are usually kept at puppy mills for breeding purposes. If these mills are illegal, it is almost certain that the animals are malnourished or sick and live in dark cramped cages to avoid detection. It's hard to imagine what will happen to them once they lose the ability to breed. Sure, pedigree and purebred dogs are lovely, so are mix breeds or mongrels! The love they give you is only the same, which is in abundance!
Reason 4: Adopting is way cheaper than buying a dog
Buying a dog can burn a hole in your pocket as purebreds can fetch thousands of Ringgit. On the other hand, adoption fees will not cost more than a few hundred Ringgit. Some fees come in a package of vaccination, deworming and neutering, along with the dog of course.
Reason 5: It's a myth that shelter dogs are ‘not normal’
It's a common misconception that rescue or shelter dogs have behavioural or health issues. Animals are placed in shelters for a variety of reasons - from owners having had to move abroad to financial constraints. You'll be also happy to know that some dogs have been house-trained so that means more cuddling time!
Of course, not everyone will be able to adopt a dog and we totally understand that. If you would like to contribute in other ways, visit one of the many animal shelters near you or JomPaw Charities to volunteer, donate or purchase a merchandise.