Shelter Pets Day, which is observed annually on December 5, aims to honour shelter animals and raises awareness for them. Shelter animals are pets such as dogs and cats, that have been abandoned or given away by their previous animals or found roaming on the streets. All animals deserve to be loved, taken care of, and worthy of a happy, healthy life. Adoption allows you to do the right thing for fur babies and provide them with the love they have been missing in their lives.
Animals can love us unconditionally for the rest of our lives without expecting anything in return. This is especially true for rescued, abandoned, and stray animals who are eager for even the smallest amount of kindness and compassion. Here are the 6 reasons you should adopt pets from animal shelters:
Save a life
This may be the main motivation. You are extending a second chance at life to a dog, cat, horse, or another animal. Some of them may have endured abuse, been left behind, or been left to fend for themselves on the streets in a previous life. Adopting allows you to provide them with a loving home where they can regain their former happiness and health.
Help break the pet overpopulation cycle
All the animals that are born each year cannot find homes. Adopting a pet from a shelter aids in reducing pet overpopulation. Due to a lack of available homes, around 8 to 12 million dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens are put to death every year.
Find your dream pet
There’s a good chance you will find a pet that perfectly complements your family because there are so many shelters and animals out there. You might also discover that the pet you fall in love with is entirely different from the one you initially thought you wanted after spending time at a shelter.
Support a charitable institution
By adopting a pet from one of these shelters, you are also helping and supporting a local organization that helps the pets as well as the remaining animals.