By Dr. Julie Damron
Stockton Record April 4, 2009
Adopting a dog or cat means there is one less animal euthanized. Pet overpopulation is a huge problem across our country and state. Our local city/county shelter typically euthanizes about 10,000 dogs and cats each year. According to the Humane Society of the United States 3-4 million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters annually.
We are fortunate to have many wonderful rescue groups in our area including Stockton Animal Shelter Friends, Animal Friends Connection, Delta Humane Society, Pets and Pals and more.
There are many wonderful benefits with adopting a dog or cat. These animals are usually already spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and microchipped. In most cases, you are saving a lot of money on these services. Also, adoption doesn't support puppy mills or high volume breeders. There is a wide selection of animals to choose from, and often purebred pets are available. There are also many breed specific rescue groups.
Older pets can make great companions, and there are many advantages for you. These animals are full-size, this eliminates any guessing on bedding requirements, etc. You avoid some of the less desirable behaviors that accompany puppy hood and kitten hood. Older dogs and cats are most likely potty trained; and usually they have already learned many good habits. It is also easier to evaluate an animal's temperament.
Rescuing a dog or a cat is a wonderful experience. I am proud to say that all of my companion animals have been adoptees. My husband and I just adopted our second Weimaraner from Northern California Weimaraner Rescue. Please consider pet adoption the next time you want to add a companion to your family.