Why You Should Adopt a Dog Rather Than Buy One

Most of us love that faithful furry friend roaming about the house, wagging its tail and gleefully running to us at every beck and call. Yes, I am talking about dogs, those faithful and amazing creatures that really know how to give unconditional love to their owners. Just recently one of my friends adopted a Labrador puppy. And it was just amazing to see how the animal started behaving so obediently and how quickly it acquainted itself to my friend’s wife and children. My friend named it Spykar. He told me that Spykar was so well behaved because he was already trained by his previous owner who had to give him up for adoption as he had to move back to his native place and his mother who stayed there, was afraid of dogs. He came to know this through the owner of the pet shelter.

I thought about the countless number of dogs that end up in pet shelters. The worst thing for a dog to end up in a pet shelter is that the poor thing once had people to look after it and then, suddenly it was left alone and helpless. They knew what happiness was and then there was darkness. They are terrified of the new environment they are put into. Growls, yelps, barks, mews, unknown animals and unknown people make them feel frightened and traumatized in the unknown atmosphere. And in many cases, these animals undergo behavioral changes under the stress, which makes them eat less and hence become weak or they develop aggressive behavior. Under these conditions, they are finally euthanized. Adoption of these animals ensures that they get a second chance, a chance to live, get love and love back.

However, adoption does not confer the benefits only to the animal, but the owner as well. Just as in my friend’s case, as you can see, he had discovered that his newly adopted dog was already well-trained as it had been trained by its previous owner. This is one small benefit that adopting a little older pet from a pet shelter brings. Besides, once you adopt a dog, he knows that you have saved his life and he becomes loyal to you and gives you his unconditional love.

The benefits of having a dog by your side are many and I don’t want to go into the details as almost all of you are aware of it. So, when you decide to own one, you have two choices – adoption or buying from a pet store. Many choose the latter as they think that pets available in pet stores are healthier than those available in shelters. This is an absolutely wrong notion, as many dogs sold in pet stores come from puppy mills, where they are kept in deplorable and unhealthy conditions. They are not fed properly and do not receive any veterinary care. The owners of these stores have only profit-making in mind and any sort of extra expenditure for the proper care of these animals seem to be a liability for them. Pet adoption ensures that not only do you get a healthy animal, but also that you don’t give a dime to these profit-minded puppy mill owners.

There are thousands of dogs like Spykar, who become homeless. But not every dog is as lucky as Spykar. Most of them who end up in shelter homes and are unable to adjust to the new and strange atmosphere and become ill and die, or are euthanized. So, if you are planning to get a dog, please remember that there are lives waiting to be saved by you. So, choose the noble route of pet adoption.

5 Things to keep in mind if you want to open a pet store

Owning a pet is a joyful experience. I have been a pet owner myself and have also met many pet owners. For us, our pets are an integral part of the family and an important member of the household. There are many people who want to feel the joy that owning a pet brings. However, in certain places, many a time, these prospective pet owners are not able to find a pet of their choice due to lack or difficulty of access to a pet store. So, opening up a business with pets for sale in these areas will be a highly beneficial business prospect. Also, this is one business, which is expected to grow in the times to come. Every business has its dos and don’ts.  If you are desirous of opening a pet store, here are a few things you need to keep in mind.

  1. Think about the set up of your business

The business of putting up pets for sale may be done in two ways; you can open up a pet store, or you can start collecting animals for sale and put them up for adoption, or you can create a website which helps people sell, buy or adopt pets and you can earn a commission by facilitating the process.

  1. Select a proper location

If you decide on opening up a pet store or a pet adoption center, set up the store in a location which is easily accessible to the people. Ensure that facilities like easy access to transport facilities are available near your shop.

  1. Keep a wide variety of pets for sale

There many breeds of dogs and cats and there are a wider variety of aquarium fishes if I were to give a few examples of the wide variety of pets. Imagine if a customer comes to you looking for a St. Bernard (a breed of dog) and you are unable to provide him with one. He will become disappointed and you will lose a customer. So it is absolutely necessary to put up a wide variety of pets for sale in order to ensure that you don’t lose your customers.

  1. Include pet supply products for sale

Besides keeping pets for sale, keeping pet supply products which include grooming and bathing products, as well as pet food, will ensure that your shop has a continuous flow of customers. This will ensure that you get a steady income even on days when pets are not sold.

  1. Hire the right people

Hire the right people who have a general interest in pets. This will help them learn their roles and responsibilities faster, which in turn will help them interact properly with the customers.

Opening a pet store can be a highly beneficial business. However, do keep in mind that the animals should be well-treated and groomed properly, unlike most other pet stores, which keep the animals in shabby conditions and do not take proper care of them. Remember that before being pets for sale, they are animals who need care and as long as they don’t find an owner, you are their owner and it is your responsibility to take care of these animals.