The Advantages of Adopting a Pet Rather Than Buying One


For many, adopting a pet is one of the best decisions they ever make, leading to a lifetime with a loyal companion and the opportunity to change a homeless pet’s life forever.  Every year, tens of thousands of pets enter a shelter in Canada.  Choosing to adopt an animal from an animal welfare organization instead of buying one from an online marketplace not only helps reduce the number of animals in shelters, but it also helps prevent the mistreatment of animals in our community.

People buying pets online often, without realizing it, support puppy mills and other unethical breeding practices.  This was particularly prevalent during the recent pandemic years, when demand for dogs was extremely high as online breeders took advantage of the opportunity to make money, often at the animals’ expense. This can result in far more animals winding up in shelters and putting increased pressure on already stressed shelter resources.

Choosing to adopt a pet rather than buying one online not only helps reduce the number of pets in shelters, but it also saves lives and has numerous other benefits too!  Here are just a few of them:

You Save a Life

First and foremost, adopting a pet is an act of kindness. You are giving a forever home to an animal that might otherwise be euthanized due to overcrowding in shelters. By adopting a shelter pet, you are providing him or her with a forever home.  Full shelters carry the risk of disease and strain shelter resources.  By adopting, you not only provide a safe, loving home for your new pet, but you also help create space for other animals in need.

You Save Money

Adopting from an animal welfare organization is typically more affordable than buying online.  All canine and feline pet adoptions from the RHS include first vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, a microchip, a tattoo and a post-adoption veterinary exam.  Typically, these services would cost over $700 if you needed to do them on your own with the purchase of a pet through an online marketplace.  All efforts are made to ensure your pet is healthy and happy before you bring them home.

A Variety of Animals to Choose From

Typically, when adopting from a shelter, you will have a wide range of animals of different breeds, ages and personalities.  Additionally, pets have been assessed both medically and behaviorally by trained professionals so you will be made aware of any potential issues. Whether you are looking for an active dog to join you on your morning run or a cozy cat to curl up with on the couch, these assessments will help find the perfect pet match for you!

Support After Your Adoption

Animal welfare organizations work very hard to ensure that each animal is healthy and well-socialized and is set up for success as they transition to their new home.  At the RHS, our Adoption Counselors will answer any questions you may have about your new pet and adjusting to your new life together.  The Society also has numerous resources on our website and a reward-based dog training program to set you off on the right paw!  Adopting a pet can be one of the most rewarding experiences that not only benefits the pet, but the adopter as well.  If you are considering adding a new furry friend to your family, visit the RHS or click below to see our available pets and learn more about the wonderful world of pet adoption.