When we think of October, the first things that come to mind are usually the spooks and the scares. It’s Halloween season, and that means the fun type of scares. But October is also a month meant to call attention to something that’s really scary: The Humane Society of the United States reports that 2.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year as a result of there being too many pet owners giving their pets up for adoption and too few individuals adopting them from shelters.
Everyone’s seen the sad commercials on TV, and everyone knows that there are shelter pets out there that would benefit greatly from adoption. Everyone does not know, however, just how dire the situation is. October has been dedicated to calling attention to just how important it is to adopt dogs from shelters; it’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and Promotions Now has all of the dog-themed promotional giveaways and appreciation gifts you need to spread awareness this October about the importance of adopting instead of buying.
Why You Should Adopt Instead of Buy
Dogs make great companions for individuals, couples or families, and an enormous amount of people have realized as much and welcomed dogs into their homes. Unfortunately, though, the majority of them are getting their dogs the wrong way. They’re buying them when they should be adopting them. What’s the difference? A lot.
Animal shelters across the country only have so much room in which they can house dogs (and all pets, for that matter), which means those who run the shelters are constantly forced to make painfully difficult euthanization choices. Adoption means providing a loving home for a dog while making room for another one to be rescued and safely housed in a shelter.
So it’s clear that a lot of good can be done by adopting a dog, but there’s also the other end of the spectrum to consider. A lot of bad can be avoided by not buying a dog from a retail outlet or directly from a puppy mill. Though most everyone who purchases a dog does so with the best of intentions, they’re failing to realize that they’re supporting an often cruel industry.
According to the Humane Society, most dogs raised in puppy mills live in abysmally poor conditions. They often don’t get the medical care they need and parents are housed in cages and repeatedly used for breeding over a period of many years. The more people adopt instead of buy, the less these practices will be supported.
Adoption Brings Happiness
Obviously, adopting a dog is going to make one poor little rescue dog very happy to become a part of your life. But, according to a study commissioned by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), adopting instead of buying will also make you happier. The study found that adopters are more likely to be satisfied with their experience than buyers, feel better about the transparency of the process and are more likely to recommend others get a dog from the same source that they did.
The mutually beneficial adoption process is unfortunately still something that many Americans do not even consider. Help make a difference by giving away awareness promotional products and appreciation gifts at your Adopt a Shelter Dog Month events.