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The video above quotes US statistics, but, contrary to common knowledge, pets in Canadian shelters are also killed at alarming rates and for many reasons—one of which is simply to make room for more animals. If there was just a 20% increase in adoptions over purchased animals, there would be no dogs and cats in our shelters.

There is a misconception that animals surrendered to shelters and pounds have some kind of 'problem'...behavioural or medical. The truth is most animals are surrendered because their guardians are moving, the second most common reason is a change in lifestyle that results in 'no time' for the pet anymore. These animals are in shelters waiting for new homes through no fault of their own.

Looking for a special breed?
Nearly 30% of animals in shelters are purebred. These animals have lost their homes for typically 'people' reasons such as moving, lack of time and new babies. Be sure to let your community shelter know what type of dog or cat you are looking for and they will keep your name on a contact list.

Please consider adopting your next pet, and saving a life!

Why Adopt Rather than Buy?

There are lots of good reasons to adopt rather than buy a pet. Here are a few of them:
  • Buying a pet can easily cost $500 to $1,000 or more. Adoption costs range from $50 to $200, depending on whether the pet comes from the city shelter or a rescue group that has spent money on veterinary services, boarding and grooming.

  • You’re getting more for your money if you get a mixed breed. Based on the well-established principle of “hybrid vigor,” a mixed-breed animal is likely to live longer and cost less in vet bills than a pure breed. Many purebred dogs are prone to developing health problems ranging from breathing difficulties to hip dysplasia to an enlarged heart.

  • A pet purchased from a pet store is most likely from a puppy mill—a commercial breeder of animals that cares about money, not the quality of the animals. And, once you walk out of the store, you are on your own—most pet stores don’t provide any support if you have questions or problems with your new pet. When you adopt, especially from a rescue group, they will also help you through the familiarization period because they are invested in providing a good home for that animal.

  • When you adopt a pet, you are saving two lives—the one you adopt, and the one you make room for. When you buy a pet, you not only deny a homeless pet a home, you are supporting an industry that thrives on shortchanging the welfare of animals. Puppy and kitten mills (which sell to pet stores) are in business to make a profit, so they churn out puppies and kittens as fast as they can. These animals are often in ill health and have problems like poor socialization skills due to lack of human companionship and genetic defects due to inbreeding.

  • If you adopt, you get your choice of any age. Though puppies and kittens are cute and cuddly, they can also be a handful. An adult or older pet may be a better “fit” for you. For example, adopting an adult dog who’s already house-trained and knows basic commands is often much easier than adopting a puppy, who must be taught these things.

  • You get just as much love (if not more). An adopted pet is every bit as loving, intelligent and loyal as you could ever want, whether you get a puppy, an adult or an older animal.

Here's an excellent eBook entitled 'Adopting a Rescue Dog' which provides excellent information on preparing to adopt, what to expect when you bring your dog home and how to raise a happy, healthy dog.