Looking for a Pet?

Go to a shelter, not a breeder.


Animals are great companions. Sadly, many are without a loving home. You can help them by adopting your new friend from a shelter or humane society instead of a breeder. When people buy a pet from a breeder, they not only are paying for a kitten or puppy that they could get much cheaper at a shelter, but they are leaving another homeless animal on its own or in a cage at a shelter. You could be saving an animal's life if you adopt from a shelter that puts the animals down if they aren't adopted after a certain amount of time. You could argue that you won't know exactly the breed of your pet, but, if it's that important to know what your pet is, you could do a DNA test at places such as your vet office.

There are many benefits for both you and your new pet if you adopt from a shelter. First of all, you are giving an animal a nice home. Secondly, it is usually a lot cheaper to get a pet from a shelter. Also, you can bring your pet home from a shelter in a fraction of the time it takes to buy your kitten or puppy from a breeder. Shelters save time, money, and lives.

Better Homes for Animals

When you adopt a cat or dog from a shelter, you give not only your new pet a better home, but your money helps the humane society or shelter that you worked with get more homeless animals off the streets. There is a large overpopulation of animals with no homes in America. An estimated 70 million stray cats, without the number of dogs, are homeless. Also, animal diseases can spread through that many cats and dogs without vaccines. You can help everyone by adopting from a shelter or humane society.

The Cheaper Option

It is usually the cheaper option while getting a pet to adopt from a shelter. Adoption fees at a shelter can go from $25 to $250, depending on what humane society or shelter you go to. Sometimes a pet is even free. With a breeder, prices range from around $70 to a thousand or more, depending on what animal and what breed. Shelters are obviously cheaper. Also, sometimes shelters will pay for your pets first vaccines or for the pet to be fixed. Save an animal and your money by going to a shelter.

More Time With Your New Pet

You get to take your new pet home much faster when you go to a shelter. With a shelter, it can take as little as 15 minutes to about a week. When you buy from a breeder, it takes at least a few months to plan what litter you are buying from, wait for the litter to be born, let the litter get old enough to leave its mother, and have the breeder select which puppy or kitten will be right for you. Also, it takes time to locate a breeder with the kind of pet you want. Once again, a shelter is the better option.


  1. Saves money
  2. Saves animals' lives
  3. Takes less time
  4. Gives animals a better home and a second chance in life
  5. Dogs and puppies are already crate trained.
  6. Cats and kittens are usually already litter trained.
  7. Adult dogs and cats are available, if you don't want a hyper puppy or a wild kitten.


  1. You don't know the exact breed of your pet.
  2. The animal is probably not purebred.
  3. You usually won't have the pet since it was a baby.
  4. The dog or cat might have a fear of something from being abused or abandoned.
  5. Some animals from shelters require more care, if they are sick.


In conclusion, it is a much better choice to adopt from a shelter than to buy from a breeder.You can give not only your own new pet a better home, but the shelter can use your money to save more animals. Another good thing about shelters is that they save you money. Also, it takes less time to adopt from a shelter. Save money, time, and lives; go to a shelter or humane society.

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