OPINION: You should adopt dogs rather than buy them
In theory, you should adopt dogs rather than buy them, because there are many dogs waiting to be adopted. There are many shelters near us or in our area.
Too many dogs are being given up or becoming homeless, because their owners aren't able to take care of them. These dogs shouldn't have to suffer; if their owners can't take care of them, it's not their fault.
Sources indicate about 3.1 million dogs go into U.S. shelters every year, according to ASPCA.
Across the U.S., there are 10,000 puppy mills, according to the Puppy Mill Project.
A puppy mill is a commercial dog breeding where they prioritize the company making money rather than the well-being of the dogs. This is one reason why you should adopt dogs rather than buy them. If you buy dogs from a big commercial company selling dogs, supporting this type of corporation is giving money to a company that is most likely treating their animals poorly.
Over the course of my life, my family has adopted three dogs. One of the dogs we adopted was from the Oregon Humane Society and was named Oakley.
Oakley had been in the pound for a while and was about to be put down, because they couldn't find a home for him. The second we saw him, my mom and I immediately fell in love with him; however, his previous owners were abusive, so once we got him, he was a little skittish. Once Oakley had been with us, he derived the feeling of being safe.
When you adopt a pet from a shelter, you're not just saving one dog's life — you're saving multiple. Once you have adopted a dog from a shelter, this method of saving dogs opens up space for the shelter to take in another animal.
All animals deserve to have a safe home in a place where they are cared for. Having more space for animals in the shelters gives animals that may not have a home a safe place to live.
Along with not having a safe place to live, many animals on the street also struggle to find food. Shelters having space for more animals would help fight hunger. Animals who aren't fortunate to have a home or whose owners couldn't care for them are forced to live on the street; they are more at risk in these dangerous conditions.
Adopting a dog gives them a second chance at life that they may never have otherwise.
"An estimated four million cats and dogs are euthanized each year in the United States because too many people give up their pets and not enough people adopt from an animal shelter," according to Scottsdale Pet Hotel. This is yet just another factor as to why you should adopt a dog instead of buying one.
The concept of adopting a dog, rather than buying, is admirable. There are so many variables to support this claim. For example, it saves not only one life, but multiple lives. Many dogs are suffering on the streets because they don't have a home. Adopting a dog creates space for them in a shelter.
These are only a few of the many reasons you should adopt a dog.
Johnna Begley is a student at Banks High School. This essay was written and submitted to the News-Times as part of a class project, and it was one of several student letters and columns selected for publication.
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