Looking to get a new dog and debating buying or adopting? Well go no further. You should adopt. There are hundreds of reasons why you should adopt instead of buy. Here are the top six reasons why:

1) You save a life

2.7 million adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized each year in the United States simply because animal shelters are overpopulated and too few people adopt. Six – eight million dogs are waiting in animal shelters every year. When you adopt you save your new pet and open up a safe space for another animal who needs it. If these pets aren’t able to get into a shelter they will likely be sent to a kill shelter. These animals are in need of a second chance. They have all been lost, given up or abandoned. By adopting them you are giving them a new life in a loving home.

2) Buying supports puppy mills

A puppy mill is a facility that breeds puppies for sale in conditions that are inhumane.

Thousands of these establishments exists around the country and they produce millions

of animals for sale in pet stores and through newspaper ads. These animals spend their entire lives in cages without human companionship. The environment is often intolerable. Females are forced to produce litter after litter and are killed after they are no longer able to do so. When you adopt, you don’t support such a horrible practice.

3) You support a charity and community institution

Unfortunately, every community in America needs a animal shelter. When you adopt

from your local shelter, and pay the small adoption fee, you support a not-for-profit organization. Additionally, your new best friend is a message to others for years to come about the amazing animal shelter. Shelters improve their community by requiring that adopted animals be spayed/neutered. This mandate diminishes changes that more unwanted animals will be born.

4) In the price of the adoption fee shelters often include vaccinations, microchipping and spaying/neutering

These essentials for a new pet can cost you hundreds of dollars. Pet stores and

breeders won’t help you out with these costs because they are for-profit and don’t care about the welfare of your dog as animal shelters do. Having these important things be included in the small price of the adoption is extremely cost and time saving.

5) Buying costs a lot of money

It is not unusual for a dog bought from a pet store to cost thousands of dollars. While,

yes, some dogs don’t cost this much, it is rare to find a dog for sale that will cost less than the adoption fee. Not only do you pay less, but what you do pay goes to help out a great non-profit!

6) You get a pet who has received great care and can get an adult animal, which has many perks

All animals that come to the animal shelter are given vaccinations upon arrival and go

through a behavior screening process. Vets come to the shelter every week to assist with any health care issues. Many of the adult animals that come in through the behavior screening process have proven to be amazing animals to adopt. They are often already housetrained and some even know commands such as sit and stay. Additionally, you don’t have to deal with a new puppy possibly destroying your home.

While this list only gives you six reasons to adopt, there are many many more. For more information check out or head over to your local animal shelter.