We agree - saving a pet is the healthy way to go!
We want to reiterate that last point. Many wonderful, deserving animals are sitting in shelters right now, waiting for someone to give them a home. Please adopt if you can. And if you can't...?
Those shelters need you.
Think about it this way: if a shelter houses 100 dogs - no, say they only have 50....
Have you considered the number of man-hours a day it takes, just to give each poor dog a 30 minute potty break and leg stretch outside?
That's 25 man-hours, the equivalent of three 8-hour work days, each day. And that's not taking into consideration other tasks like feeding, cleaning and medical care, plus other maintenance. The same goes for shelter cats. If they get even 30 minutes of socialization time a day, those hours add up.
Shelters depend upon volunteers like you to keep them afloat. So if you can't adopt, please consider volunteering. Do it for that sweet, deserving animal trapped in that cage who desperately longs for his forever home.