Teen-2-Teen: September 2017
Adopt your next pet!
by Hattie Fitterer
Approximately 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year because there is not enough room in shelters and few people consider adoption. That’s nearly the whole population of Kansas or Nevada!
A lot of people buy pets of a certain breed, but you can also find the perfect pet by adopting. I know I did and it’s a great feeling to know that you saved a life. Our family adopted a cute cockapoo named S’mores. What I like most about her is that she keeps my family and I healthy by going on many walks and she also cheers me up when I’m having a bad day.
First, adopting costs less! Spaying or neutering, first vaccinations, and sometimes microchipping, are usually all included in the adoption fee, which is normally around $50 to $200. When buying, just the pet is easily $500 to $1,000. The spaying or neutering can cost an additional $150 to $300!
Furthermore, buying a new puppy is a lot of work. When you adopt, many animals are already house trained, so you’re saving your rug. At an adoption shelter, they can actually tell you the animal’s personality, so you don’t end up with any surprises. Also, purebred dogs tend to have more health problems as they live. But, if you adopt, you can choose your pet’s age.
Moreover, adopting helps more than just one animal! When you adopt, it makes more room for the other stray, abused or lost animals. In the United States, 9,000 animals arrive at shelters every year and 6 to 8 million animals are waiting in shelters to be adopted. Going to an adoption shelter is difficult, because all the dogs and cats are so lonely. It’s sad to think that they were placed there because no one loves them.
But researchers have found that pets prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure, fight depression, and provide a sense of security, so who wouldn’t want a pet? Rescue groups often provide a support system and you’re also helping a valuable charity and community institutions.
So, you should definitely adopt a pet to save one of the 2.7 million animals that are euthanized each year. They need our help. Go out today and save a life!
Hattie Fitterer, 14, is a freshman at Century High School, where she is involved in volleyball, student council, track and field and Spanish Club. She enjoys art, skiing, church youth group, and being with her family and friends. Hattie Fitterer is the daughter of Danna and Paul Fitterer.