If you’ve been looking for excuses as to why you can’t get a dog, your time is up. April 30th is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, meaning that you need to visit your local shelter and pick up the four legged friend that you’ve been dreaming of, as soon as possible. While many of us envision a particular pet when we think of the new addition to our family, we get too caught up in pictures of puppies to recognize that all of these pets will provide us with a new type of love. Here are a few of the reasons that adopting from a shelter, rather than purchasing from a pet store, is the right choice.

You’re Saving A Life

There are more than 2.7 million pets in a shelter at any given time of the year, and unfortunately there are not that homes looking for a pet. That means that there are quite a few pets that go without being adopted. In these instances, these animals are euthanized because shelters can’t afford to hold onto them all.

A Better Price

These days, buying a pet isn’t as affordable as it used to be. Between considering the breed and getting them vaccinated among the other responsibilities that come with owning a pet, you can expect to dish out a pretty decent amount of cash. When you adopt a pet from a shelter, you pay the adoption fee which is much less than purchasing a pet for their breed, and you can expect to have your pet vaccinated before they leave shelter at a fraction of the price.

They’ll Make You Happy

Regardless of where the pet comes from, you’ve just gained a friend for life. When you adopt a pet from one of the shelters in Fort Collins, you’ve just gained a new friend that will be by your side for the years to come. It’s a great decision that will surely improve your happiness levels.

There are plenty of benefits to adopting a pet from a shelter and these are only a few. Make sure to stop by the rescue shelters in Fort Collins so that you can find your new furry friend in the next coming weeks.