Persuasive Speech On Adopting Animals

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Topic: Adopting and Rescuing Animals
Specific Purpose: To persuade my effective speaking class the benefits of adopting a pet over buying one from a breeder or pet store.
Central Idea: Adopting animals and rescuing is much more beneficial than buying an animal from a pet store because you won’t be unknowingly or knowingly supporting a puppy mill, you will be saving an animal’s life, and you will feel better overall in the end about rescuing your new pet rather than buying.
INTRODUCTION
Attention-Getter: According to Humane Society of the United States organization’s website I accessed on December 6, 2016, “Each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and
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I don’t know if you bought your animal from a pet store or if you saved a life of an animal from the pound or shelter. But, I encourage you to think about the number of animals I mentioned at the beginning that are euthanized each year. Think about all the animals we could save if we adopted and didn’t shop for our animals.
Preview of Speech: There are so many animals that are loving and willing to be a great pet for your home sitting in shelters and pounds as we speak. I’m here to persuade you all to consider adopting not shopping. Adopting is one way to save money, avoid supporting stores who get animals from puppy mills, and because when you adopt you make room for more animals in shelters.
(Link: Let’s look at how you can save money by adopting your pet instead of shopping for
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Adopting a pet is a great way to avoid supporting pet stores that get their animals from puppy mills.
A. You may not even be aware that many pet stores get their animals from puppy mills and other places with bad conditions and over breeding.
1. For anyone who is unaware of what a puppy mill is, it basically is a farm of animals that are living in very harsh conditions.
a. There is overcrowding.
b. Overbreeding of the animals which can cause defects and illness down the line of liters of animals.
c. Disease is usually carried from animal to animal and then the pet stores buy them at a low cost and people are unaware of the illness’ their pet has when they take it home.
B. Puppy mills are all about creating a profit with little to no regard to the genetics of the animal and the health of the mom they are overbreeding.
1. Puppies are taken from their siblings and mother as young as 8 weeks old to be sold at pet stores.
2. They often have heart problems, heredity problems, and behavioral problems.
(ASPCA, n.d.)
C. According to ASPCA organization’s website I accessed on December 6, 2016, they estimate that there are 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S. (ASPCA, n.d.).
1. They say there is no real way of knowing if a pet store is getting their animals from a puppy

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