In the UK, we love our animal companions – so much so that 45% of families now own at least one pet. Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, reptile or bird, you will understand the true love and friendship that people have with their pets.
Unfortunately, there are thousands of animals across the country in need of a new forever home. Whether this is down to a change in circumstances, neglect or getting lost, animals always deserve a second (or sometimes third or fourth) chance of a happy life.
In this article, we are going to discuss the benefits of rescuing an animal as a pet, rather than buying one from a breeder or pet shop.
Adopting a pet is definitely more rewarding. Firstly, you could be saving the animal’s life. It is a sad fact that many animals that become homeless end up becoming euthanised – none of us want this. Secondly, you will develop a very strong bond with your pet. Despite their past, rescue animals have so much love to give, that they will just want to please you and be your best friend. Another bonus about rescuing a pet is that you may surprise yourself with which animal you fall in love with.
The majority of pet owners that have rescued their animals, went to a charity led organisation to find their new companion. Animal rescue centres rely on charitable donations from the public. When you pay an adoption fee, you should see this as more of a donation for the charity. Your donation helps them to keep their centre open, saving the lives of many more animals. Remember that your adoption means they are able to make more room for others.
Although money shouldn’t come into it, rescuing an animal is much cheaper than buying a puppy, kitten or other baby animal. Let’s use the example of a dog. Buying a puppy can easily cost you over £600, with that cost rising significantly if you want a pedigree bred pooch. On top of this, you have the cost of neutering, as well as all of their initial vaccinations. However, when you rescue a dog from a kennel, the adoption fee will be more in the region of £100. They will most probably already be neutered and if they’re not the kennels will provide you with a voucher to get this done.
To summarise, anyone that is looking to welcome a new addition to their family should consider rescuing a pet. It’s very rewarding to know you are providing love and care to an animal that may not have had the best start in life. Contact your local animal rescue centre to find out more information about their current residents that are in need of some TLC.