If you want unconditional love and companionship, getting a pet is your best bet. Did you know that owning a pet brings a host of benefits – beyond just a better social life? Believe it or not, a HuffPost study claims that owning a pet improves your social life, decreases your cholesterol levels and boosts your overall physical health (think: when our pets walk us more than we walk them). While the temptation to own a new faithful companion might be strong, here are 4 good reasons why you should adopt a pet in Singapore rather than buy one.
Don’t Just Save One Life, Save Two Instead
As much as animal shelters want to provide the best, there is only so much they can do. Most animal shelters in Singapore run out of space every day. Too many pets come into shelters and too few people consider pet adoption. It’s a hard pill to swallow to know that pets that are less likely adopted are usually euthanised. Animal shelters simply cannot afford to house all of them in a limited space. When you plan to get a pet, choose to adopt instead. Not only do you provide a pet with a second chance as an additional family member, but you also free up shelter space for another pet’s desperate need.
Adopted Pets Are Not Bad, Old Or Unhealthy
It is important to understand that most pets wind up in shelters due to external factors. More often than not, the prevailing reasons for pets in shelters are due to abuse, financial constraints, relocation and abandonment. Another common misconception of shelter pets is that they are old and unhealthy. However, that is not usually the case!
Most animal shelters in Singapore have a professional veterinarian to tend to the pets’ health conditions. Aside from receiving yearly examinations, the pets are also regularly vaccinated, neutered and fed. When you adopt, you actually give a healthy pet a new home in return.
Simply put, adoption is easier in your pocket than buying a pet. Animal shelters already take care of microchipping and spaying/neutering during the adoption. Rather than buying a pet that requires to be taken to the vet for vaccinations, you save money by having the first round of vaccination for your pet at the shelter. Furthermore, many of the pets in shelters are already house-trained and used to living with families. When you adopt, you not only save the upfront medical costs but you also save on housebreaking and training expenses.
Stop Irresponsible Breeding
When you buy a pet from a pet store, be it a dog or a cat, you can never be certain if they are spawned from irresponsible breeders. Often known as a puppy/kitten mill, these organisations put profit above the welfare of animals. They have no care in the world for the well-being of the pets they take in. Time and again, these breeding facilities keep pets in shockingly tiny, wired cages. After which, they force the caged-up pets to breed repeatedly. These pets do not have the vaguest clue of what human companionship is with little hope of ever joining a family.
When the pets are no longer profitable, they are simply discarded – routinely abandoned or killed. The correlation between these irresponsible breeders and pet stores is that most pet stores are in the dark as to where they are getting their pets. When you adopt, not only do you find yourself a new furry friend, you also do your part to deter these irresponsible breeders from profiting from their ill-advised ethics.
Who Rescued Who?
Adopting a pet in Singapore can be one of the best choices you ever make. Not only do you gain a companion that is glad to see you at the end of a long day, but you’ll be saving a life, too. And who knows? One day, both of you may just rock a couple tee that says, “Who rescued who?” While bringing home a shelter pet can mean years of companionship, fun and morning kisses, be sure that you’re truly ready before you invite a new addition into your life.
Some final thoughts: accidents can happen and pets can get sick, which is not something anyone can truly plan for. To help lessen the stress of a pet emergency for both you and your pet, it is beneficial to have a plan in place to care for your furry member in cases of emergencies.
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