060: Why you should adopt rather than shop for your next pet


Adopt rather than shopToday we are going to have a look at something that really touched my heart the last few months and that is animals in shelters. When I heard the statistic that only 1 in 10 dogs born finds a forever home I was shocked.

I have always known about the animals not having homes and ending up in a shelter and some even get put down. It really broke my heart to see all of these animals and to know that there are many more that are roaming around without a home.

In the US approximately 8-12 million companion animals enter animal shelters every year and approximately 5-9 million are euthanized 60% of the dogs and 70% of the cats. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred and only 10% of the animals received by the shelters have been neutered or spayed.

I recently visited an organisation, Amanda’s Animal Rescue in Dubai. They help to find foster and forever homes for dogs in the UAE. I spoke with the founder Amanda, and she provided me with some answers to my questions.

 

Key Take Away

“When they fall in love with you it is like you are not adopting them, they are adopting you

Just by spending the afternoon with these amazing animals and seeing that all that they need is love and a healthy environment to thrive, touched my heart. There were a few of these dogs that I fell in love with and it was so hard to walk away, knowing that they will spend yet another night in the shelter. When these dogs come to you and show you some love and are so happy to see you, you can not help but feel happy and excited. So the next time that you feel you want to get a furry little friend why not support one of your local organisations and adopt or foster one of their animals, rather than purchasing a puppy from a pet store.

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