Did you know, as many as 1.5 million animals are euthanized, annually? This travesty is occurring because there isn’t enough room to house them! So, if you’re considering buying a furry bundle of joy, we suggest heading to an animal shelter. Not only because you’re doing something ‘nice,’ but because you’ll also save yourself a lot of money.

Adopting an animal saves you money

When you adopt a pet from an animal shelter or a rescue organization, you save a significant amount on upfront costs.

It’s not uncommon for breeders and pet shops to charge as much $1,000 for a pure-bred. That’s not to mention all the costly vaccinations, medications, and spay or neutering surgery you’ll need to shell out for.

Cost of adoption

In stark comparison to purchasing from a breeder, you’ll only need an average of $150 to cover the necessary adoption fees. Conversely, some places even give away animals for free (providing you can offer them a safe and happy home). Alternatively, the shelter may ask for a ‘donation.’ Either way, it’s a pretty sweet deal!

Traditionally, rescue organizations focus on rehabilitating animals. So more often than not, the shelter covers all their medical expenses (including their vaccinations and microchipping). Again, this saves you money in the short term.

Ongoing costs

It doesn’t matter whether you’re adopting a pet or buying one from a breeder, there are ongoing costs associated with your furry friend; food, grooming, vet bills, etc. Although adopting is significantly cheaper, you still need to consider the immediate fees and the overall costs you’ll incur throughout the pets lifetime (before you commit to adoption).

If you find yourself struggling to fund the upkeep of your pet, there are organizations out there that offer financial help. So, don’t be afraid to reach out.