With that in mind, I encourage anyone who's ever rescued an animal to reach out to a potential pet owner - it could be a neighbor, a colleague, or even a family member - and make the case for adoption. Here are some key points to share.
You're saving more than one life.
Of the approximately 7.6 million companion animals entering animal shelters nationwide every year, approximately 2.7 million are euthanized. Adoption not only moves an animal from vulnerability to safety, but creates space at the shelter, and moves more resources and attention to the remaining animals. Across the country, many shelters are crowded, challenged, and stretched for resources, so every free cage, every available supply, and every extra moment of care makes a difference.
You'll make a match.
An animal shelter is invested in the well-being of its animals, and many are committed to creating matches that take animal temperament, home environments, and special needs into account. At a pet store - as with any for-profit business - the prime objective is earning financial profit from the production and sale of their "merchandise," not serving the best interest of pets, owners, or communities.