Shelter, Store, or Breeder

When choosing where to adopt your new fur or scaly baby, there are three prime options you can choose from.

When adopting a pet there are generally three options that people choose to go to: an animal shelter, a pet store, and breeders. There are pros and cons to each of these that should always be taken into consideration before adopting your very own fur baby.

Animal Shelters

Animal shelters are often the most inexpensive way to adopt a pet. The great thing about these is that you’re often able to interact with the animals before choosing the right one for your family. Something that might be off-putting to some families is that a lot of these animals come with pasts, and baggage. However, this shouldn’t deter to you, as many of these animals can be some of the most loving and caring pets. The SPCA is a great organization that helps with the adoption of pets. They make sure that all animals are up to date on their shots and vaccines, as well as personal care on them, such as teeth brushings and nail trimmings. Another great advantage of adopting in a shelter is that you are not only rescuing an animal from the shelter and giving them, hopefully, a very loving home, but you are also giving up another space for another animal to go to so that hopefully, they can also be adopted to a loving home.

Pet Store

Pet stores are another option that is often looked at. Many pet shelters will do adoptions through an organization like SPCA, and sometimes they even pair up with this exact organization. These are the pet stores that you want to go to. However, Pet Land is not one of these stores. They generally go through breeders. Pet stores usually are a little more expensive than animal shelters. If the shop goes through an animal shelter, then chances are, they will have the same price as that of the animal shelter.


Breeders are probably the most expensive option out there. That is, of course, because you know exactly what you are getting. The breeder will often provide you with the type of breed the animal is, so you know exactly how to help them and what genetic traits and complications they will have or possibly have. Some of the negatives of going through a breeder, is the obviously high price. There is also the fact that you will have to do all the vet things, such as shots, vaccinations, dental hygiene, etc. on top of that. This is another costly issue, but necessary for the well being of your pet. Then, there is the obvious concern, and that is that if you go through a breeder, then that is just one more helpless animal left in a shelter, with the possibility of the shelter being a kill shelter.

Some Extra Things to Consider

When you plan on adopting a fur baby of your very own, or even a scaly baby, then there are many things that need to be taken into consideration. Do you have children and how will they be with an animal? It would be wise to find an animal that is more mild tampered and deals with children well. An animal shelter would be a great place to look for a pet because these animals already have a history, and you’re able to see which of them handle children well, and which ones are more of a single person, or even a couple pet. Animals have just as much personality as humans do, so it’s understandable that some would do well with one situation while others would not. Another thing to consider is how much you are willing to give to this pet. Some pets are high maintenance in that they might some health issues. These animals need a lot of love and care and are probably not the best for those who want an easy animal, or who are unwilling to give the animal all the care and love in the world that they need.

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