Adopt, Don’t Shop: The Importance of Rescuing Animals in Need

Every abandoned pet has a different story. I had dreamed of having a pet since my childhood but never thought of adopting one. I then realized that adopting a pet can change the life of an animal and decided to give it a try. I adopted a dog from a local shelter, a Labrador that we named Kutta. It took time for him and our family to adjust but bringing him home has changed our lives. Adopting a pet can be a wonderful experience or both you and the pet and it brings a lot of benefits to your life.

Here are some reasons you should consider while adopting a pet:


Do your research on different breeds and their needs to determine which one is best for your lifestyle. Consider factors like energy level, size, and grooming needs.


Be prepared for the responsibility: Adopting a dog is a big responsibility that requires a lot of time, energy, and financial resources. Be prepared to provide food, water, shelter, exercise, and medical care for your new pet.

Adjustment Period

Give your dog time to adjust: It’s normal for dogs to feel nervous or anxious when they first come into a new environment. Give your new dog some time to adjust to their new surroundings and be patient with them as they get to know you and their new home.


Pets can be great companions, providing unconditional love, loyalty, and affection. They can help reduce loneliness and provide emotional support.

Health Benefits

Studies have shown that pet owners tend to have lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, and are less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.


Dogs need regular exercise, and adopting one can encourage you to get outside and be more active.


Adopting a pet can teach children and adults alike about responsibility, as they will need to care for and provide for their new pet.

Provide Training

Training your dog is important for their safety and your own. Consider taking your dog to obedience classes or working with a professional trainer to help teach them basic commands and socialization skills.

Save a Life

When you adopt a pet, you are giving an animal a second chance at life. Adopting from a shelter or rescue organization can also help reduce the number of animals euthanized each year.

Show Affection

Dogs thrive on love and attention, so be sure to show your new companion plenty of affection and attention. Spend time cuddling, playing, and bonding with your new furry friend.

When you adopt a dog, you are not only providing a loving home for an animal in need, but also helping to alleviate the problem of pet overpopulation. Remember that the decision to adopt a dog should be a thoughtful one, and with proper preparation and care, you can provide a happy and fulfilling life for your new furry friend.

Overall, adopting a pet can bring a lot of joy and love into your life, while also providing health benefits and teaching responsibility. It’s a decision that requires careful consideration, but if you have the time, resources, and love to give, adopting a pet can be a rewarding experience for both you and your new furry friend.

Provided by Creatures Corner reader Brunda Shee

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