Ask the Expert – March 2017

Should I adopt a pet from a shelter?

While many people shy away from picking an animal from a shelter, wary of the emotional baggage these animals may have, there are many great reasons to adopt a shelter pet. First of all, you will be saving a dog or cat’s life by providing a new home. Most dogs and cats are in shelters through no fault of their own. There may have been a death in the family, a divorce, a new baby or a move. Some animals may have had behavior problems that owners didn’t try to solve. Secondly, an adoption fee at a shelter is much lower than the cost of buying a dog from a pet store or breeder, and the fee helps support the shelter. The majority of shelter dogs are spayed or neutered before adoption, saving you the cost. Also, most shelters provide physical exams and vaccinations. Thirdly, an increasing number of shelters provide microchips to help you locate lost animals. Best of all, chances are you will find a dog or cat you will love, and no doubt they will love you.

Amanda Pearce Manager

Pet Mania
(919) 554-8898
924 Gateway Commons Cir.,
Wake Forest, NC 27587