A staggering 3 to 4 million cats and dogs are euthanized in the United States each year. There is a common fallacy that animals are placed in animal shelters because they have done something wrong. This is not true. Most animals are in shelters because they are victims of abuse and neglect not because of anything they did.
Sadly, when animal shelters become over-populated staff members are forced to make difficult decisions to euthanize innocent animals when they are not adopted (HSUS, 2011).
The amount of euthanized animals could be reduced if more people adopted rather than purchased. Among many reasons saving the life of a pet is sure to strengthen the bond between pet and pet parent. According to The Humane Society of United States there are many other important reasons to adopt and they are (HSUS, 2011):
If purchasing a pet to do your research to ensure your pet is coming from a responsible and ethical breeder. Important, learn what type of pet is best suited for you and your family. Many animals become victim to animal shelters as the result of human ignorance. Making smart and informed decisions can save the lives of millions.