Adopting a dog from a shelter is essential because it not only gives a homeless pet a loving home, but also fights overpopulation, stops unethical breeding, and develops empathy and care for animals.
Adopting a dog from a shelter is essential because it not only gives a homeless pet a loving home, but also fights overpopulation, stops unethical breeding, and develops empathy and care for animals.
Ashlyn Swanson

Pet adoption is important

My family has had the pleasure of adopting two amazing dogs from the Tri-county Humane Society, and this has brought us an abundance of happiness and altered our lives.

Our choice to welcome these furry animals into our hearts and homes was motivated by an effort to give a loving home for animals in need and gain a new companion. With both adoptions, there has been a touching experience that provides a special chance to bond with animals who have experienced hardship and uncertainty. It’s an act of compassion to give dogs who might have been forgotten or overlooked a second chance.

The decision to adopt from the Humane Society has turned out to be a very fulfilling one, even if the first impulse was to choose a puppy and raise it from the beginning. It’s proof of the belief that every dog, no matter how old or from what background, should have the opportunity to feel safe and loved. There is no way to measure the sense of fulfillment we get from knowing that we gave a pet that would have had an uncertain future and a forever home.

One of the most important strategies for tackling the problem of pet overpopulation is adoption. Shelters, which are sometimes overburdened by a lack of funding, depend on kindhearted people to find adoptive families for dogs who have been abandoned or mistreated. Adopting a pet allows one to actively contribute to managing the number of homeless animals and lessening the strain on these shelters.

Aside from the goal of saving and giving animals a new home, adopting dogs from shelters is essential to reducing the number of puppy mills. People who choose adoption over commercial breeding operations discourage behaviors that put profit ahead of animal care.

When my childhood dog passed away, my family knew that we were going to be adopting from the Humane Society in our future. Every day, the life-changing effects of compassion and the immense joy that comes from providing a home to people in need are brought to my attention. Overall, it’s all about the journey we take together to create a lifelong, loving bond with a furry friend who has grown to be an essential part of our lives.

Bentley, a miniture shih tzu poodle mix, was adopted in 2019 when he was two. (Ashlyn Swanson)
Teddy was abandoned by his previous family, so not much information is known about him, but he was adopted earlier this month. (Ashlyn Swanson)

 

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Ashlyn Swanson, Journalist
Grade: Senior Activities: Swimming and Softball My car's name: Dora the Ford Explorer Favorite superhero: Spiderman Favorite coffee shops: Starbucks and Copper Pony