When you have made the decision to adopt a new kitten friend, you are faced with an important choice: do you adopt the kitten from a breeder or from an animal shelter? If you are looking for well-bred cats for showing, it makes sense to adopt from a breeder. But for numerous other fantastic reasons, you should really consider adopting a cat from the shelter. Here are just a few of the many reasons why you will not regret choosingkitten adoption at the animal shelter.
Adopting From a Shelter Saves Training Time
Shelter pets are often coming from homes where their former owners have already invested time and resources into training them and caring for them. On top of that, when they enter the shelter, their caretakers work with them in training to get them ready for their new home. More times than not, shelter pets already come highly trained, well-mannered and ready for a new home. Ask your local shelter workers about a cat’s training history to determine whether it would be a good match for your family.
Adopting From a Shelter Saves Money
Breeder cats are priced higher than normal cats for their genes, but even cats without significant breeding can be priced high. On top of that, you often have to pay for many health services that are required in the first year. Shelter pets, on the other hand are immediately screened for health issues that are addressed while they’re still at the shelter. The shelter often takes care of spaying or neutering, micro-chipping, vaccinations, tests and flea treatments. If more extensive health concerns are found, the shelter helps to manage that as well.
Beyond the health aspect of shelter costs, the shelter also works with cats on proper training and gives them loving attention (as touched on previously). This aspect of shelter care is potentially saving you a lot of money on training and care after they come into your home. While shelters do often require a small rehoming fee, it’s very minimal compared with what you would have had to pay to give your pets all these same services on your own. So, when you complete your kitten adoption with an animal shelter, you end up saving a lot more money than you would have if you would have adopted from a breeder.
Adopting From a Shelter Saves Animal Lives
Unfortunately, there can be animal lives at stake when people don’t adopt from shelters. Too many pet owners surrender their pets due to a lack of planning on their part, and some animals lose their life because of overcrowding. By choosing to adopt a cat from the shelter, you minimize the problem of so many surrendered pets and you help to save lives.
In short, kitten adoption at the shelter saves you time in proper training, money in health and instruction and it decreases a tragic problem in your community. Cats are some of the best and sweetest creatures that you can add to your family, so visit your local shelter today to learn how to begin the kitten adoption process for your family.