As a result of increasing incomes and the number of of nuclear families, Indians are now taking pets into their homes in larger numbers than ever before. Many consider their pets as family members and are extremely considerate of their needs.
The Indian pet industry is continuously growing, with pet spas, hotels, restaurants, vacations, contests, and other facilities and activities for pets and their owners.
At the same time, there are countless homeless and stray animals across India that are in desperate need of proper shelter and loving care. There are dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, frogs, hamsters, and many more—both stray and domestic—that are put up for adoption yet are unable to find the kind owners (or rather, families) that they deserve.
There is definitely no shortage of adoption agencies, rescue shelters, NGOs, or other establishments where one can find a pet to adopt that is preventing these animals from finding homes. There is definitely no shortage of people looking for pets either. Instead, prospective pet owners are often apprehensive of adopting pets because of certain widespread yet mistaken beliefs about pet adoption.
1. Animals in shelters do not make as good pets as those from breeders do.
In India, many animals that can be taken up from shelters and the like have been rescued from life on the streets, like the ubiquitous Indian stray dogs. While many people think that these breeds are not as “good” as are those from breeders, this is untrue. Rescued stray pets are just as obedient and fun, can be trained to be docile if need be, and some might even be more loving than bought pets since they will be grateful to be loved at last. Even those animals that have been put up for adoption by owners are usually not misbehaved or unruly—often the owners have personal difficulties that prevent them from keeping their pets such as time, monetary problems or space constraints.
2. One will be unable to gather any background or other information about pets from shelters and NGOs.
Contrary to popular belief, one might be able to retrieve more information about adoptable pets than about pets from breeders and stores. Many of those up for adoption are temporarily in foster care while others are with previous owners, all of whom will be able to describe the pets’ personality types and habits. This sort of description of how pets are at home cannot be given by breeders. Healthcare information is also almost always available at shelters and NGOs.
3. It will be difficult to find the type of pet one wants at an adoption facility.
Every year there are animals of all species, breeds, and personality types put up for adoption, so finding an animal that fits certain expectations or conditions is really not that hard. Many shelters also have wait lists for certain types of animals.
4. If one can get a free pet, such as from a friend or relative, then that is better than adopting a pet since one will have to pay a fee in order to adopt.
Adoption fees are mostly very minimal. In addition, rescue groups and shelters generally take care of the initial pricey veterinary costs, like vaccinations, treatments, tests, and even spaying or neutering, that one would otherwise have to take care of by oneself.
There are also many advantages of pet adoption, as opposed to buying pets.
1. By adopting a pet, one can save two lives—one of the adopted animal and the other of an animal that can be rescued and given shelter in its place. (Due to the worldwide overpopulation of pets, many must be euthanized because they are unable to be given homes.)
2. Mixed breeds live longer than pure breeds, which often develop health issues like breathing difficulties and enlarged hearts. Indian breeds are also usually more immune to diseases than other breeds of animals are, and so will cost less in healthcare bills in the long run.
3. Adoption fees are much lower than the prices of pets in stores and from breeders.
4. When buying pets, one typically has to buy them at young ages when they can be difficult to manage and take care of. With adoption however, one can buy them at different ages according to one’s needs. One can also adopt, but not buy pets that have already undergone basic training if one does not have the time or skills to take care of training by oneself.
There are numerous agencies for pet adoption in India, such as Red Paws Rescue and Blue Cross of India, as well as websites that advertise pets that others put up for adoption like vivastreet.com and indiapetfinder.com. Do make sure to adopt from a trustworthy source.
Adoption is truly a rewarding experience—one only has to observe the myriad happy families that have undergone the process. It will mean the world to an animal, which will receive a home, a family, and a chance to love and be loved. It also gives one a chance to give back to the community and feel good about oneself.
All in all, there are endless benefits to it. So, next time you or someone you know is considering buying a pet, be sure to encourage adoption!
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