The Benefits of Adopting a Pet Instead of Buying One from Online Marketplaces

| March 24, 2023

Adopting a pet can be one of the most fulfilling and important decisions you make in your life. Not only do you get a loyal companion, but you also change lives by providing a loving home for one animal while also making space in a shelter for another. Every year, millions of animals end up in the care of animal welfare organizations. In 2021, 60, 677 cats entered a shelter in Canada alone. Choosing to adopt an animal instead of buying one from an online marketplace not only helps reduce the number of animals in shelters but also helps stop contributing to the mistreatment of animals worldwide.  

When people use online marketplaces to purchase pets, they often unknowingly support puppy mills or other unethical breeding practices. Additionally, using online marketplaces perpetuates the demand for purebred or designer animals, resulting in millions of animals ending up in animal welfare organizations each year. Opting to adopt an animal instead of buying one online, not only helps reduce the number of animals in shelters but also saves a life and has numerous benefits for both the animal and the adopter. Here’s how! 

Saving Lives 

First and foremost, adopting a pet is an act of kindness. You are giving a forever home to an animal that might otherwise be euthanized due to overcrowding in shelters. Thousands of animals are surrendered every year, and animal welfare organization resources can only accommodate so many. When you adopt, you not only provide a safe, loving home for your new furry friend, but you also help create space for other animals in need. 

 Cost Savings and Health Benefits  

Adopting a pet from an animal welfare organization is typically more affordable, and often includes vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and microchipping. This can help you save a significant amount of money on initial veterinary costs and ensures your pet is healthy before you bring them home. 

 A Wide Range of Animals to Choose From 

Adopting a pet also allows you to choose from a wide range of animals of different ages and personalities. Animals in animal welfare organizations have often already been assessed by veterinary professionals, and you can select a pet that has a personality that fits your lifestyle. Whether you prefer an active dog to take on hikes or a calm cat to curl up with on the couch, adopting a pet makes it easier to find the perfect match for you. 

 Support as You and Your Pet Grow Together  

Lastly, when you adopt a pet, you can expect a smooth transition into your home. Animal welfare organizations work tirelessly to ensure that the animals in their care are healthy, well-fed, and socialized. At Toronto Humane Society, we offer post-adoption support to pet parents such as training, pet resources, and information to help you adjust and grow with your new furry friend. 

 Adopting a pet is a rewarding experience that not only benefits the animal but also the adopter. By choosing to adopt from an animal welfare organization, you can save a life, provide a forever home, and reap the many positive benefits of pet parenthood. If you are considering adding a furry friend to your family, click here to view animals available for adoption and help give an animal in need a loving forever home.