Animal Adoption Options : Shelter Or Store? 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 slowly losing business as their methods become less tolerated.
“This is exactly the kind of personality we need,” says Christina Irwin, mother of the Irwin family, who is at an event at Pet Plus Natural, a pet store in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, with her family during a day when the store is selling shelter puppies instead of breeder puppies (A New Route). Most people who are searching for a pet look for a puppy or kitten in contrast with an older animal. “If you adopt a young adult or older pet, you can avoid many of the domestic hassles related to house-training and teething” (The Adoption Option). According to ASPCA, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, dogs raised in puppy mills are more likely to develop…

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