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According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, about 6.5 million dogs enter shelters each year, and less than half end up being adopted. While significant leaps in animal cruelty (especially pertaining to shelters) have been made within the past years, there is still so much more progress that can be made. A great way to contribute is by adopting your next dog! Here are some great reasons to consider adopting your next pet rather than purchasing from a breeder or retailer:
Adopting creates room in a shelter for another pet that needs a home
About 1.5 million dogs are euthanized every year as a result of overcrowding in shelters. Not only does adopting an animal save one life, but it also opens up a spot for another animal in need to have a chance at adoption. Adopting is the best way you can contribute to the animal overpopulation crisis, which you can read more about here.
Adopting costs less
There are many financial benefits for adopting a dog. For example, dogs in shelters are typically already spayed or neutered which is a procedure that can cost up to a few hundred dollars. In addition, it is common for animals in shelters to already have been screened or treated for any health issues. Also, shelters tend to be more generous with “gifts” when you adopt, such as sending you home with treats and other goodies. The fees of purchasing a dog from a breeder or retailer can really add up. On average, purchasing a purebred dog from a breeder can cost anywhere between $500 to $3,000 dollars, and that is only for the dog and nothing else. 
Leading by example
Years and years of advocacy for adoption has made it a popular choice for pet owners, and it is important that adoption remains a popular way to obtain a new pet. Making the choice to adopt for yourself can inspire others to do the same! 
Adoption is an opportunity to support a local shelter or rescue
If you are considering adoption for the first time, you might begin your search at local shelters and rescues. Supporting these organizations allows them to stay open and continue finding homes for pets in need. Also, being introduced to a shelter near you might inspire you to get involved such as volunteering, donating, or recommending other people to adopt from there. 
Follow @farmtopet on Instagram to see featured organizations that help dogs in need throughout the whole month of January. Contact if you'd like to help or donate to any of our featured organizations. 
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