The Humane Society of the United States estimates that animal shelters care for 6-8 million dogs and cats every year in the US alone, of whom approximately 3-4 million are euthanized.  While these numbers are only estimates, no matter how you look at it, it’s too high. If you’ve been mulling over the idea of a pet, dog, cat, or otherwise, here are some reasons why rescue/adoption is the right decision.

1. Almost all dogs that are in pet stores come from puppy mills or irresponsible breeders. There are literally hundred of animals dying every day, waiting for someone to come and take them to a new home. If you can spare one animal from being euthanized and provide it with a loving and caring home, there’s no excuse.

2. Some people try to make the argument that rescue animals are trouble. Reasons being: they come from abusive environments or the streets, which have a tendency to lead to behavioral issues. Not so. Rescue animals the most thankful and loyal pets.

3. People think they won’t be able to find the breed they want. A lot of thought goes into choosing a pet, especially for those with families or small children. Certain breeds (or pets) are just better suited to certain situations. That’s why many people go to breeders when making a decision, but on, the pet adoption Web site operated by the ASPCA, you can search for the exact attributes you are looking for. And with brimming rescue shelters, sooner or later you’ll find a pet that is a perfect match.

** To note: Among the countless horrors left behind by Hurricane Sandy is a population of displaced animals. If you want to see how you can help visit: and support the network of organizations working on behalf of animals after Hurricane Sandy.

-Arianna Schioldager

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