Top 10 reasons why adopting & donating to your local animal shelter makes you a good human.

Top 10 reasons why adopting & donating to your local animal shelter makes you a good human.

Be a good human and live your best life. No matter where you live… For the Love of Animals – Support your local animal shelter.
Portland, Oregon is the home base for White Spider, so naturally, we support our local shelter and we hope you do too! Mel Hignell, the founder of White Spider, adopted this sweet miniature golden retriever and now he’s living his BEST LIFE right here in Portland.
We support the Oregon Humane Society and encourage you to check them out. For 150 years OHS has been sheltering homeless animals, fighting cruelty and neglect, and working to build a caring, compassionate community in Oregon. OHS is a no-kill shelter, which means they rescue animals from high-kill states all over the nation! Located in Portland, Oregon, they serve the needs of over 11,000 companion animals each year. They operate as a private organization not affiliated with any other local or national organizations and is not funded by tax dollars. Their work is made possible only by the generosity of people like yourself.
Check out all the donation options and find one that works best for you or your business!
In case you need the facts – here are the top 10 reasons why adopting and donating to a local shelter makes you a good human living your best life…

1. Because you’ll save a life.

Each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet. The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you save a loving animal by making them part of your family and open up shelter space for another animal who might desperately need it.

2. Because you’ll get a great animal.

Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelter pets wound up there because of a human problem like a move or a divorce, not because the animals did anything wrong. Many are already housetrained and used to living with families.

3. Because it’ll cost you less.

Usually, when you adopt a pet, the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations (and sometimes even microchipping!) is included in the adoption price, which can save you some of the upfront costs of adding a new member to your family. Depending on the animal, you may also save on housebreaking and training expenses.

4. Because of the bragging rights.

No one needs to see another selfie—unless it’s a selfie of you with the adorable pet you just adopted! Adopt a pet, post those pictures and let the well-earned likes roll in.

5. Because it’s one way to fight puppy mills.

If you buy a dog from a pet store, online seller or flea market, you’re almost certainly getting a dog from a puppy mill. Puppy mills are factory-style breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Animals from puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care and are often very sick and behaviorally troubled as a result. The moms of these puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they’re no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction.

These puppy mills continue to stay in business through deceptive tactics — their customers are unsuspecting consumers who shop in pet stores, over the Internet or through classified ads. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop supporting them. By adopting a pet, you can be certain you aren’t giving them a dime.

6. Because your home will thank you.

Many of the pets from shelters and rescues are already housetrained, which means you’re not only saving a pet’s life, you may be saving your rug. Adopting a mature pet not only gives older animals a second chance, it often means introducing them to your family will be much easier.

7. Because all pets are good for your health, but adoptees offer an extra boost.

Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial to their companions. Caring for a pet can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness. And when you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need!

8. Because adoption helps more than just one animal.

Overburdened shelters take in millions of stray, abused, and lost animals every year, and by adopting an animal, you’re making room for others. Not only are you giving more animals a second chance, but the cost of your adoption goes directly towards helping those shelters better care for the animals they take in!

9. Because The Shelter Pet Project makes it easy.

You can go to the Shelter Pet Project to find pets near you, of every size, color, temperament, and breed. Purebred and mixed breed animals alike are waiting for their forever homes!

10. Because you’ll change a homeless animal’s whole world.

And get a new best friend out of the deal. Seriously, what could be better than that?

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