Yes, it’s fun to always have a pet around to provide you with hours of companionship and enjoyment. People of all ages appreciate the fact that having a pet is worthwhile and satisfying.

But due to lack of planning or serious consideration regarding pet ownership, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reported that around 6.5 million pets are abandoned by their owners that make their way into US shelters every year and around 1.5 million of these companion animals are euthanized.

Imagine these figures could dwarf regular pet maintenance or health care visits to any animal hospital Virginia Beach could provide, much less any veterinary clinic in the US put together could handle.

The American Pet Products Association (APPA), on the other hand, has reported that there are around 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats owned as pets in the United States with 44% of households owning a dog and 35% having a pet cat.

This is just one of the many reasons why you can tell yourself, “I can always find a vet hospital near me.

Regardless of the ownership statistics presented, one should still consider pet ownership better yet, adoption not just for your personal benefit but for the general welfare, as well. Here are four reasons why.

Save a life

First off, pet adoption means taking one from the shelter to prevent it from getting euthanized and save the life of a pet companion.  Think about it, you can help dramatically reduce the number of animals euthanized and at the same time, avail of the benefits of having a pet- psychologically, emotionally and physically.

Declog shelters to help other animals

With pet adoption, it leaves room for another to be cared for, especially pets that have gone through abuse, stray or lost.

Advocates responsible pet ownership

The adoption process also helps educate would-be pet owners about the pros and cons of having a pet, especially on things that you may not have thought of when deciding to get a pet.

Costs less than getting one from a pet store

Adopting a pet frees you from the commercial aspect of owning one. Pedigreed animals can cost you hundreds of dollars, but with pet adoption, you get the satisfaction of owning a happy and wanted animal without burning a hole in your pocket.