Once you have decided on the right pet for your family, the next step is to decide where to get it from. It is all too easy to head to the nearest petshop or find a breeder, but here are 10 reasons why you should stop and think about it.
1. Save a life
Last year, over 47,500 dogs were abandoned in council pounds. This is in addition to those handed in to charities. It also doesn’t take into account other pets. On average, one unwanted dog is put to sleep every two hours in the UK, simply because they have nowhere to go.
2. Save another one
For every dog that is rehomed from a rescue shelter, another one is able to take its place instead of being put to sleep. So if you rescue a pet instead of buying one, you save both the dog you take home and the one that is pulled from death row to go into the shelter.
3. Spoil someone who deserves it
If you’re anything like me, you’ll get fed up of buying children’s toys that are played with for five minutes. Why not invest instead in a monthly subscription for everything your dog will ever need from Wagglepets, safe in the knowledge that they’ll be eternally grateful? Your first box is 50% cheaper if you use code NATALIE50 at the checkout.
4. Know their temperament
When you buy a dog from a breeder, you can check the temperament of its parents but you can’t guarantee the honesty of somebody who is trying to sell you a pet. A rescue charity will truly get to know the animal and would only pair you with the right pet for your family.
5. Boundless happiness
A rescue pet can find the good in any situation. Every day they wake up in a loving home is a bonus. That first day in spring when they can play outside in the sunshine? Best day of their lives. Every. Single. Year.
Whether you are a busy family with children and pets or a single person looking for companionship, there will be a rescue charity with the right pet for you. Want a pedigree? They get abandoned too, we got Jamer from the Cats Protection League. She was a certified pedigree.
Many people want to get a puppy or kitten, but it’s not the right choice for everyone. Older pets can settle in so much quicker. They are usually house-trained and used to living in a home environment. When Pluto moved in with us, he walked into the house, found his bed and settled down as if he’d always been there.
But if you have your heart set on a puppy or kitten, you can rescue those too. Charities are often overrun with kittens. Puppies can be a little more difficult, but if your local shelter doesn’t have any in, why not try a breed-specific rescue? Bubbles was a sweet little puppy when we rescued her.
8. The feel-good factor
It is a scientific fact that when you do something amazing for somebody else, you benefit from it as much as they do. Every time you look at your grateful pooch, cat, bunny or other small furry, you will be filled with feel-good hormones as you remember how you saved their life.
9. Coming home
Nobody is ever as pleased to see you as your dog. Your rescue dog will be just as happy to see you when you’re back from a five minute trip to the shops as it was the day you brought it home.
*Please note, this does not apply to cats. Your cat is secretly pleased that you are home but it will grace you with its presence when it has finished staring at that wall.
10. Find your best friend
Walking around a rescue shelter and knowing you can’t save them all is the most heart-breaking experience you will ever have. Having a best friend for the rest of their life makes it all worthwhile.
Please note, Bubbles and Pluto are ambassadors for Wagglepets. To receive a 50% discount off your first monthly subscription box, use code NATALIE50 at the checkout. All views, opinions, dogs, cats and children are my own.