Adopt Don’t Shop

Just last weekend, on Saturday, October 22, 2016, the Best Friends Animal Society hosted a charity walk named “Strut Your Mutt”, in the city of Los Angeles at Exposition Park. The dog walking event is not your average walk around the park; this fundraising festival is about saving animal lives. The festival included upbeat music, fun games, pet portraits, doggie yoga, and other activities for both pets and owners. Hundreds of people gathered together to promote awareness for homeless pets in the United States. Those participates helped raise money towards pets stuck in animal shelters and many pet-friendly organizations also partnered up with Best Friends Animal Society in order to raise awareness about the importance of adopting animals.

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Participants of Strut Your Mutt event in Los Angeles -Taken by Bestfriendsanimalsociety via Instagram

The Humane Society of the United States promotes that when finding a new addition to your family, it is important to adopt your new best friend from a local animal shelter instead of buying them from a pet store. According to the Humane Society of the United States, “It’s not just the right thing to do; adoption is a reward”. Three top reasons to adopt and not shop, is because you will be saving a life, it will cost you less, and it is one way to stand up against puppy mills.

Over 2 million dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States annually, due to the low amount of individuals who support adoption when seeking a pet. As more and more animals are brought into the shelters, there is less room available for them and have no choice but to be euthanized. Adopting from local animal shelters will open up availability to another pet in need. Adopting a pet will also cost less, since animals in shelters are already spayed or neutered, contain their primary vaccinations, and are micro chipped in case your pet gets lost. The Humane Society of the United States also endorses the fight against puppy mills, which are breeding facilities that house animals in poor conditions and improper medical care. Female animals usually have the worst treatment as they are forced to breed repeatedly for years; and when they are no longer producing they are abandoned or killed. By adopting from shelters, you are not supporting puppy mills and you are saving a life.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), is one of the largest humane societies in the United States that work to end animal abuse and contribute to the rescue of animals. If you still want to help even more, donations are always encouraged and greatly appreciated. Help promote the importance of the “adopt don’t shop” movement to your relatives and friends. As the holidays are approaching remember that pets are a long-lasting and life-fulfilling gift if you are still thinking of what to get for your loved ones.