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Why you should adopt

The top five reasons you should consider adopting a pet

Why should you consider adopting a pet instead of buying one?  Here are the top five reasons we think you should adopt.

1. You will be giving an animal a second chance

Every year, hundreds of thousands of animals are abandoned to shelters or the street. At Lort Smith, we rehome around 1,000 pets each year. These pets are surrendered to our shelter by carers who are no longer able to care for them. It is a common misconception that animals end up in shelters because they've been abused or done something 'wrong'. In fact, most animals are surrendered to shelters because of 'people reasons'. Things like a relationship breakup, change in family circumstance, moving interstate or overseas, moving to a rental property where the landlord does not allow pets, lack of time, and financial constrants are among the most common reasons pets lose their home. Adopting a pet means you can give an animal a second chance for a long and happy life in a loving home.

2. You will get a healthy pet

All of the animals available for adoption at Lort Smith have been examined by a vet and vaccinated, speyed or neutered. We also screen animals for specific temperaments and behaviours to ensure each family finds the right pet for its lifestlyle.

3. You will save money

Adopting a pet from Lort Smith is much less expensive than buying a pet from a pet store or from a breeder. It is especially thrifty as vaccinations and desexing are included in the adoption fee. The fee we charge does not cover all of the medical care and shelter costs and that is one of the reasons why Lort Smith is an active fundraiser in the community.

4. You will feel better

At Lort Smith we believe in and promote the benefits of the human-animal bond. We understand pets have a way of putting a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been proven to help people psychologically, emotionally, and physically. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfilment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups. There are many ways pets can help your physical health as well. From warding off or easing depression, and lowering blood pressure, to helping with our waistline. Adopting an animal will also give you lifelong warm and fuzzy feelings.

5. You won't be supporting puppy mills or pet stores

Puppy mills are factory style dog-breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Most dogs raised in puppy mills are housed in poor conditions with improper medical care, and the parents of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. After they are no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction. Puppy-mill puppies are sold to unsuspecting consumers in pet stores, over the Internet, and through newspaper classified advertisements to whoever is willing to pay for them.

Marketed as coming from great breeders, well-rehearsed sales tactics keep money flowing to the puppy mill by ensuring that buyers never get to see where the pups actually come from (a vital step in puppy-buying). Many of the puppies have serious behavioural and health problems that might not be apparent for months, including medical problems that can cost thousands of dollars to treat, if they are treatable at all. Unfortunately, a lot of people are not even aware that puppy mills exist, so when they buy a pet from a pet store, online or other retail outlet, they are unwittingly supporting this cruel industry.By adopting instead of buying a pet, you can be certain you aren't supporting cruel puppy mills with your money. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop purchasing their dogs.

Instead of buying a dog, visit your local shelter where you will likely to find dozens of healthy, well-socialized puppies and adult dogs, including purebreds, just waiting for their second chance. 

Dont just trust us...

Here are some comments from our Facebook fans who have adopted pets from our shelter and other shelters:

"I adopted Mazzy a year ago from Lort Smith. She is the most affectionate cat I've ever met. Adopting allows new carers to understand the personality of the animal before taking them home. It also gives them animals a second chance at life."

"We adopted our beautiful Lola from the Lort Smith. We have loved watching her grow from a petrified little kitten into a smoochy, funny young lady. We are so happy we gave her a second chance and we never gave up on her for a second. She's our baby."

"I adopted our cat Layla a year and a half ago and she has made our family complete. Absolutely in love."

"We adopted a beautiful young cat called Gemma. She is so gorgeous and fills our days with laughter and happiness."

"We adopted Flossy as a little pup. She'd been mistreated by her carer but is now a lovely, affectionate little dog and we love her!"

"I adopted Rupert the three legged cat from Lort Smith and love him to bits. He is very loving as well, always wants kisses and cuddles and he always gets them."

"We adopted Daisy, a ridgeback x. Best thing we have ever done! She completes our family and we absolutely adore her. Our 3 year-old daughter lays on the floor with her and reads her stories!"

"We went down to Lort Smith and found our beautiful Duke. Life would not be the same without him."

"I adopted my two from Lort Smith. They are my best friends. Love love them to bits."

"I adopted Gimli 10 years ago, my Ginger pussy cat, and he has grown to be my best friend."

"We adopted a five year-old German Shepherd. Best dog we ever owned."

"We adopted our cat, Beyoncé nearly two years ago, and it was one of the best things we've ever done. She is cuddly, sweet, affectionate and without fail a complete terror at 4.30 am (her self-appointed feeding time). Wouldn't trade her for the world."

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