You become part of an awesome support group for animal lovers.
A pet purchased from a pet store is a complete unknown. And, once you walk out of the store, you are on your own – most pet stores don’t provide any support if you have questions or problems with your new pet. When you adopt, especially from a rescue group, you know what you are getting because the group has a history on the animal. The rescue group will also help you through the familiarization period because they are invested in providing a good home for that animal.
When you adopt a pet, you are saving a life.
When you buy a pet, you not only deny a homeless pet a home, you are supporting an industry that thrives on shortchanging the welfare of animals. Puppy and kitten mills (which sell to pet stores) are in business to make a profit, so they churn out puppies and kittens as fast as they can. These animals are often in ill health and have problems like poor socialization skills due to lack of human companionship and genetic defects due to inbreeding.
You get just as much love (if not more).
An adopted pet is every bit as loving, intelligent and loyal as a purchased pet, even if you get an adult or older animal.
When you adopt a pet from a rescue organization or adoption facility, you free up space for another homeless, abandoned, or stray pets.
Your actions, while they may seem small to you, are part of the ultimate answer to the great and growing problem of homeless animals in the Philippines.