So, you're considering introducing a pet into your life. It's an exciting and life-changing decision, but one that shouldn't be made half-heartedly. There is much to think about. Is your home safe and suitable for a pet? Can you afford to look after an animal? How much time can you devote to your new four-legged friend? Will you buy or adopt a pet?
Reason 1: You are saving a life
This may be the biggest reason of all. You’re giving a dog, cat, horse, or another animal, a second chance at life. In their past life, some may have been abused, abandoned, or had to fend for themselves on the streets. By adopting, you are giving the animal a safe and loving home in which it can learn to be a happy and healthy again.
Reason 2: You won’t be supporting backyard breeders
While not in all cases, many dogs are forced to breed as often as possible and can be kept under cruel conditions in puppy farms. By choosing to adopt, you are avoiding these organisations and supporting animal welfare in the process.
Reason 3: You help prevent overpopulation
By choosing to adopt rather than go to a shop or breeder for a specific type of pet, you are caring for a dog that already needs support, instead of bringing another puppy or kitten into the world. It's one of the best ways to help ensure all animals can receive the care they deserve.
Reason 4: You might find your dream pet
Your dream pet might just be waiting for you. The SPCA here in Bermuda works tirelessly to take care of abandoned and surrendered pets, and rely on welcoming families to help their rescues find homes. There’s a good chance you'll find the one that fits into your family just right. After spending time at the shelter, you may also find that the pet you fall in love with is completely different from the one you thought you wanted.
Reason 5: You gain the advantages of an adult dog
Many dogs in shelters are adolescent or adult dogs, rather than puppies. This means they are likely to already know some basic commands or be housetrained, making your life a little easier when you bring your dog home.
We have listed only five reasons for choosing to adopt instead of buying, but there are many(!) more reasons to do it. We encourage you to connect with, or visit the SPCA to find out more about their rescues, how you can support them, or how you can adopt. Then, adopt those loving and deserving fur-balls and give them a chance at life they deserve!
Helpful Resource: https://spca.bm/homing/adopting/