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Everyday I arrive home from school my kitten, Bon Bon, greets me at the door
step. I don’t know what I’d do without him or worst; what he would do without me. Bon
Bon was deserted by his family and found starving among an empty cottage yard. The
Arizona Humane Society scooped him up out of suffering and found him a excellent
home (with me)! Anyone seeking a one-in-a-million friend should look no farther than
their neighborhood humane society. Save an animal, and find yourself a furry (or
feathered) friend. Helping an animal in need is something to be proud of, even if
bringing home the pet of your dreams hardly feels like charity. I have never understood
the joy in spending hundreds of dollars for a purebred puppy. What’s so special? No
matter if the canine originates from the highest of pedigrees or it’s a scroungy mutt, the
dog is still man’s best friend!
Between three and four MILLION dogs and cats are euthanized with each coming
year (Humane Society). Why is this happening? A little bird told me the prevention is
simple. Shelters can only accommodate a certain number of pets before they are forced to
put the un-adopted animals to sleep (Humane Society). This occurrence can be
dramatically reduced if more people adopt their new found friends rather than buy them.
In the end you would be saving the lives of two wonderful animals; the one you take
home and a homeless stray who can be rescued because of the space you freed up! So even if you’re not a man, I heard felines are a women’s best friend.
If the sheer pleasure in giving back to a pet in need isn’t enough to persuade you,
how’s this; humane societies guarantee a healthy, high spirit pet with all the fixings.
They receive complimentary vaccinations, a spay and neuter treatment, and a heart to
heart analysis to determine its behaviors and personality (Humane Society). So in your
quest to find the “purr-fect” partner, we will already know if the animal is suitable for
you. Some people stray away from rescue groups and shelters because they are unsure of
the animal’s past. Animal lovers believe sheltered pets are donated to facilities because
they did something “wrong”. Yet many times it’s the owners fault, for reasons such as
not taking proper care of the animal, or maybe a long distance move. Most frequently
your bark is worst than their bite.
Something worst than a cat scratch (or your bark) is the growing number of puppy
mills in the United States that care more about profit than the welfare of the dogs they
breed (Humane Society). The conditions of these facilities are shockingly dreadful.
Unlike the Humane Society, the puppy parents are stored in tiny cages and given little
medical care, and little hope of ever joining a family(Humane Society). They see no
companionship and are fed meagerly, yet bred over and over for years (Humane Society).
These poor pups never see the love of a friend, and it is the consumers fault. By
purchasing a dog from certain newspaper ads, pet stores, or over the internet you could be
supporting puppy mills with the money you spend. As a result of adopting oppose to
buying a pet, you can be sure you are not sustaining this cruel industry!
With all this talk of animal cruelty it would do you some good to have a
companion around. Pets have a way of putting a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be
psychologically, emotionally, and physically beneficial (Humane Society). Caring for a
furry friend prevents loneliness and gives you a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
Doctors, such as my father’s, suggest playing, walking, and grooming their animal for
increased exercise, and to lower blood pressure! To put it simply, pets make life better;
they are cute, cuddly, and cures for many ailments. Everyone needs to find puppy love,
and what better place than the Humane Society?
Saving one animal from a shelter can save many more, all the animals need is
your help. Don’t buy from over priced pet stores, rescue a healthy pet for hundreds less at
your local animal shelter. You don’t want your animals to fight like cats and dogs, so
professionals at the adoption center find the ideal buddy for your family. If things do
not work out, the animal is welcome back anytime…for FREE! So next time your in
search of a new pet, check out the Humane Society in your community and tell those
underground puppy dealers we will “see you later alligator”!