Animal Adoption Essay

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Animal Adoption Options: Shelter or Store?
Philosopher Immanuel Kant said, “We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association estimated that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States. People looking to adopt animals have a number of options about how to do this. Adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue center is more advantageous and desirable for the owner and animal than adopting from a store or breeder. Shelters offer adult animals, who may have previous training and an evident personality; adopting from a shelter can save lives of other animals from shelters and stores, and, by purchasing a pet from a local shelter, puppy mills and breeders are
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“The animal that you adopt will be rescued from a life on the streets into a loving home…. Those that never make it to a shelter may die of starvation, exposure, infectious disease, animal attacks and car accidents” (Five Reasons to Adopt). ASPCA estimates that approximately 7.6 million animals enter shelters each year. Due to overpopulation problems, approximately 2.7 million of these companions are euthanized, or put to death humanely (Pet Statistics). By adopting an animal from a shelter, one could save the life of an animal that could potentially be euthanized, and provide an opening for another animal to be rescued from the streets in its place. Shelter adoptions have benefits for the adopter as well, such as costing less, getting discounts on specific medical care, and encouraging physical activity (Health Benefits). In addition, adopting from a shelter reduces the demand for puppies from pet stores and breeders. “The public will stop buying pet store puppies gradually over time, not all at once—someone will eventually purchase those dogs at the store. Puppies in pet stores are usually sold quickly. If they don 't sell quickly, the owners continue to slash the price until the puppies are sold. The less they sell for, the less profit the store makes. That means the store will order fewer …show more content…
ASPCA defines a puppy mill as, “a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-beings of the dogs” (Puppy Mill FAQ). There are many setbacks to adopting from a puppy mill, store, or breeder, such as health or behavior problems, due to the treatment of the young dogs. The mills are usually unsanitary and overcrowded, with inadequate elements necessary for a puppy’s development, like medical care, food, water, socialization, and exercise (Puppy Mill FAQ). Often, puppies are born with physical issues that make them unable to be sold. The parents of the puppies, since the mother is bred until she is unable to reproduce any more litters, are usually killed at the mill. Puppies begin to be marketed as young as eight weeks old, and are sold to pet shops through a middleman. “Other puppy mill puppies are sold directly to the public, including over the Internet, through newspaper ads, and at swap meets and flea markets” (Puppy Mill FAQ). Adopting from a shelter reduces the demand for commercially bred puppies and kittens, who would potentially be sent to shelters for a number of factors (The Adoption Option). “According to the American Humane Association, the most common reasons why people relinquish or give away their dogs is because their place of residence does not allow pets (29%), not enough time,

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