When you take in a pet from an animal shelter, you are giving a second chance to an animal that deserves it. Additionally, you are helping to reduce the pet overpopulation issue that the nation finds itself dealing with. The reality is that millions of unwanted pets are euthanized at local shelters every year. While some are beyond help (old age or overly aggressive behavior), many come to this end merely because they lacked someone to adopt them. Reducing the number of euthanized animals can be decreased if more people choose to take in pets. Adopting saves a life and opens up shelter space to an animal that could use it.
When you choose to adopt from the local shelter, you'll be getting a good bargain. Often, the animal has been vaccinated and spayed/neutered. This cost is part of the adoption price, which means you don't have to worry about these procedures.
Most importantly, caring for an animal can provide the sense of fulfillment and purpose you may be looking for. At any age group, isolation and feelings of loneliness can creep up, and the best way to lessen these feelings may just come from adopting an animal in need.
Bethany Kludt is a nursing student who also loves animals. She’s concerned about the growing number of animals finding their way into shelters, and advocates for the humane treatment of all animals.