My friend has been wanting to get a new dog because he can’t get his 6-year-old dog to get along with his cat. He’s been trying for a week to get them to hang out but he’s afraid his Jack Terrier might be a little too rough for his Rag Doll cat. They are both very cute and it breaks my heart for the dog to be just sent to my friend’s mom’s home while his cat stays with him in his condo. After persistent nagging on my part, he’s agreed to give his dog one more week to be buddies with his cat. Okay, “buddies” might be pushing it. We just want his dog to not want to murder his cat.
His other option is to buy a dog with a budget of around Php25,000. This drives me nuts! I’ve been talking to him about adopting one instead of buying because of so many reasons!! I mean, just look at cutie pie Amanda Seyfried and how obsessed she is with her own rescue pet, Finn!
happy 5th birthday, my guy. you’ve surpassed me in dog years. #thankgodforyou A photo posted by Amanda Seyfried (@mingey) on
I’ve been pushing my friend to adopt instead of purchasing one because it’s only right to give a homeless dog his love. Here are some reasons why you should adopt instead of buying a pet (via caraphil.org):
- You’re getting more for your money if you get a mixed breed. A mixed-breed animal is likely to live longer and cost less in vet bills than a pure breed. Many purebred dogs are prone to developing health problems ranging from breathing difficulties to hip dysplasia to an enlarged heart.
- A pet purchased from a pet store is a complete unknown. And, once you walk out of the store, you are on your own – most pet stores don’t provide any support if you have questions or problems with your new pet. When you adopt, especially from a rescue group, you know what you are getting because the group has a history on the animal. The rescue group will also help you through the familiarization period because they are invested in providing a good home for that animal.
- When you adopt a pet, you are saving a life. When you buy a pet, you not only deny a homeless pet a home, you are supporting an industry that thrives on shortchanging the welfare of animals. Puppy and kitten mills (which sell to pet stores) are in business to make a profit, so they churn out puppies and kittens as fast as they can. These animals are often in ill health and have problems like poor socialization skills due to lack of human companionship and genetic defects due to inbreeding.
- You get just as much love (if not more). An adopted pet is every bit as loving, intelligent and loyal as a purchased pet, even if you get an adult or older animal.
- When you adopt a pet from a rescue organization or adoption facility, you free up space for another homeless, abandoned, or stray pets. Your actions, while they may seem small to you, are part of the ultimate answer to the great and growing problem of homeless animals in the Philippines.
Admittedly, my Joey Bear was not adopted. She was a generous birthday gift from my sister. After thanking her a million times, I told her off about giving pets as gifts and she’s promised never to do it again. I have to admit she hit the jackpot gifting me with Joey because I am so in love and we’re so meant to be!!
I will forever be grateful to Maxx for giving me my bear. I never thought I was ready to have a pet until I had Joey. Since then I’ve been wanting to share our love with a new dog — unfortunately, I don’t really have the space or time for another one. That’s why I was so happy to find that there was something else I could do. CARA Welfare Philippines allows you to sponsor a pet if you want to help but can’t adopt one.
Last January 2014, I mentioned on my blog that I started sponsoring this dog named Skyflakes for an entire year. It only cost a little over a thousand each month which I paid in full at the start of my sponsorship. I was promised regular updates via e-mail about my pet’s progress but I never received any. That was pretty disappointing but I guess I can’t really complain since they’re doing so much for these animals already.
I decided to check up on my sponsored pet, Skyflakes. This is what he looked like in October 2013.
Click here if you want to see more of what he looked like before. This is what he transformed into after 9 months:
How wonderful is this?!?!? It makes me cry every time I see the difference I made along with Skyflakes’ other supporters.
He was adopted last November 2014. I am so so happy for Skyflakes.
I’m still crossing my fingers about my friend’s dog and cat getting along after this week but if things are really impossible, I won’t stop pushing for adoption instead of purchasing one!
If you’re interested in adopting a pet, and in turn saving an animal’s life, you can learn more from the local animal welfare groups CARA (Compassion And Welfare for Animals) or PAWS (The Philippine Animal Welfare Society). Both groups have been successfully rescuing, rehabilitating, and adopting out animals into loving homes for years.