October marks one year since we welcomed Jynx, our rascal of a rescue cat, into the family. In my 23-years we’ve adopted two cats, Izzy and now Jynx. Both are shining examples of why people should give “Adopt, Don’t Shop” a second thought.
Did you know October is also Black Cat Awareness month? Sadly, black cats have significantly lower adoption rates than other felines, mainly due to silly superstitions! So, it seems fitting to explain why it is now more important than ever to “Adopt, Don’t Shop”.
Why are there so many pets in rescue centres?
According to the RSPCA, they receive 18 calls about a stray or abandoned cat every single hour. One of the reasons so many cats end up in rescue centres is because the UK is facing a cat overpopulation crisis. Hence why people are being encouraged to spay their cats as soon as possible. The crisis is becoming so severe that many charities are offering to spay your cat for free as a long-term solution.
Dogs are no different. Dog Trust estimates that 130,000 dogs end up in rehoming centres every single year for many different reasons. I can’t even begin to imagine how it must feel to be left alone by your family. All these dogs need new forever homes. They might not necessarily be pedigrees, but that doesn’t mean they’ll love any less.
In the UK many rescue centres have the policy that they will never put down an animal regardless of how long it’s been in their care. However, in the US it is estimated over 4,000 animals are euthanised every single day because there’s simply not enough resources to look after them. I don’t know about you, but this fact messed with my head.
Why is "Adopt, Don’t Shop" more important than ever
The Pandemic Pet Boom
During lockdown did you notice quite a few people on Facebook and Instagram got puppies? With many of us spending more time at home, it’s unsurprising that many families decided now was as good time as any to bring home the puppy they’ve always wanted.
If you’ve ever dabbled with economics, you’ll know if there’s a surge in demand, prices go up. Some breeders have almost doubled the price for their pedigree pooches. Only yesterday I heard the price of a bulldog had risen to £6k a puppy. Check out the prices for these popular breeds below.
We all know the phrase “A Dog’s for life, not just for Christmas.”. The slogan is based on an actual phenomenon called the ‘Christmas Puppy Purchase Rush’ which starts next month. This seasonal surge in demand met by unethical puppy farms across Europe, who breed dogs in poor conditions, get vets to falsify papers, and smuggle them into the UK. Now the prices for these pups have almost doubled, these Smugglers are likely to be licking their lips at the thought of making a bit of extra cash.
Dogs Trust have already reported a rise in the number of dogs they’ve taken in at their centres when lockdown began to ease in the summer. Sadly, for many a dog was nice to have but only during the pandemic. All this, plus a recession and many pets losing their beloved owners to the virus, has been estimated to result in more than 40,000 homeless dogs. Therefore, the Adopt, Don’t Shop movement is more important than ever before.
9 Reasons You Should Adopt, Don't Shop
1. You save a life
2. They are up to date with the vets
3. It’s so rewarding
4. Older pets could already be house-trained
5. They’ll love you just as much as any pedigree would
6. You donate to a charity
Most rescue centres will ask for a voluntary donation when you adopt a pet. Instead of lining the pockets of inhumane puppy farmers, you will be donating to a good cause. If you’re a bit suspicious of where your money’s going, have a look around the rescue centre, you’ll be able to see clearly where the money goes.
7. You help stop the overpopulation crisis
8. You might find the pet you never knew you needed
9. Your home will always be better than a shelter
The sanctuary we got Jynx from was immaculate, each cat had a conservatory each. However, no dog or cat wants to stay in one room or their life – they need stimulation. I’m not sure if Jynx was an outdoor cat before, she was very cautious when she first starting exploring our garden and seemed to have no understanding of how to climb a tree (let alone how to get down). Now, we can’t stop her chasing birds around the garden – she loves it!
I could go on forever, but hopefully, you’ll have a better understanding of my it’s more important than ever to Adopt, Don’t Shop. Spread the word!
‘Til next time!
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