Adopt Don't Shop
By AnaMaría Bech
Click para español - ¡Adopta, no compres!
According to a survey completed by the American Pet Product Association in 2017-2018, 68% of America’s households, or the equivalent to 85 million families, own a pet. To prevent a proliferation of stray animals around 2.7 million pets are sacrificed in shelters via euthanasia per year, a disturbing reality. The majority of the sacrificed animals could have been adopted and become members of a family willing to provide them with care and love.
Most animals that make it to the shelters have been abandoned due to a change of circumstances of their owners. Many of the animals that end up in shelters are already used to belonging in a family, so, the shelters’ goal is to quickly find them a new home.
By adopting a pet, people not only save a life, but they also save money. Most shelters cover the spay and neuter fees and the costs of the first vaccines, and in some cases shelters even provide animals with microchips. The pets up for adoption are ready to go home, all for a basic adoption fee.
Adopting a pet also serves as a way of fighting against puppy mills that put commercial profit over the well- being of pets. Animals from puppy mills are kept in deplorable conditions without access to health care. People who buy pets from pet shops do not know where the animals come from and could unknowingly become supporters of puppy mills.
During the adoption days that take place in different parts of the city you can find all kinds of animals that range from animals with pedigree to the strangest and cutest mixed breeds.
When you adopt, there's is only one certain thing: you save an animal’s life and in return, you gain the unconditional loyalty of your new best friend.
*ARNO is a no- kill shelter in the New Orleans area. For more information, or to adopt a pet, visit their website, animalrescue neworleans.org