Editorial: Try Not to Buy


Kelsie V.

   Adopt or buy? Which one should you choose? Are you looking for a pet to cure your blues?

     Pets that you buy come from breeders who sell these animals for big wads of cash. These sometimes very poorly treated creatures have diseases, and the pup you buy can die in a couple of days. Also, if you keep purchasing from these harmful companies, it will encourage them to keep their unfair treatments and selling methods. Why not buy a pet from your local shelter? These critters have been left or given away, they are unwanted and desperately want a home. 

     First of all, a lot of puppy mills and other breeders use harsh methods in treating their animals, and the puppies and kittens may have severe injuries or diseases that could affect their health and your family’s. Some pets have even been reported to die in a couple of weeks or days. However, shelter animals are normally neutered and have all their shots, resulting in a cheaper cost for you. The cheaper cost doesn’t change the amount of affection of your pet though! 

     Another reason is that by adopting shelter pets, you reduce the number of animals being euthanized due to the millions of puppies, kittens, bunnies, and many other critters born each year, as well as giving a hopeful pet a loving home. Many pets are, unfortunately, “put to sleep,” because there are not enough people who want -or can- give them a home. By adopting one of these dogs or cats, you can prevent them from being put down and shelter volunteers will be able to give their kennel to another pet who needs it. 

     One final reason, and perhaps the most important, is that when we stop buying pets from these terrible puppy mills, they will begin to fade away, as well as other places like them. Dogs and cats will not be treated so unfairly, as in these mills.

     As you can see, adopting is so much better than buying for yourself and the new member of your family. Adopting reduces euthanization, costs less, and it gives an unwanted pet a second chance. So the next time you are heading out to bring home a bundle of woofs, paws, and happiness, adopt. Don’t buy. Just give it a try.