If a dog adoption Tinder app existed, Kim from indie rock band Matt and Kim would be swiping right all day long. (Wouldn’t we all? Ha!) At least, that’s what Matt said when we sat down to chat with the duo.
There are so many reasons to love these two, including their super-fun live shows, great personalities, upbeat music, and compassion for animals. And we especially ♥ that they promote adopting animals from shelters. Here’s what went down during our chat:
“It’s very important, the whole idea behind “Adopt, Not Shop” … You’re not purchasing something—you’re saving someone.” – Kim
As Matt and Kim say, adopting animals instead of buying them from breeders or pet stores couldn’t be easier. But before you become a guardian to a dog or cat waiting for a loving home in a shelter, make sure you’re truly ready for the responsibility. The following are a few things to consider:
1. Be sure that you’re ready for a lifetime commitment
When you adopt animals, you’re making them members of your family for the rest of their lives, so be ready to care for and love your furry little guy or gal for 15 years or more.
2. Do you have the time?
Adopting a dog or cat is so worthwhile, but be certain that you can devote the time they need before you sign the papers. For instance, dogs need long walks and cats need playtime for exercise every day.
3. Make sure that your wallet can handle it
Animals require a lot of care—including both regular and emergency vet visits, grooming, bedding, high-quality food, toys, and more—which can add up to big bucks.
4. Never leave your dog or cat outside unattended
Dogs and cats depend on us for everything—including their safety and happiness—so keep them indoors and make them a part of your family. When dogs are left outdoors, they are likely to bark all day, escape, and/or develop serious behavior problems. Cats who roam outside are more likely to contract deadly illnesses like feline leukemia, which is highly contagious. Both dogs and cats can also suffer from stress and loneliness, heatstroke in the summer, and frostbite, hypothermia, and dehydration in the winter. Some have even been stolen, poisoned, and tortured by cruel people.
5. Spay or neuter
The only way to combat animal homelessness is by making sure that no more puppies and kittens are born into a world that doesn’t have enough homes for the ones who already exist. It’s very common for animal shelters to spay or neuter animals as part of the adoption process, but there’s no guarantee, so be sure to ask. Remember: You’re not just saving one animal—you’re preventing hundreds of offspring from being born unwanted as a result of just one unfixed dog or cat.
In short, adopting from an animal shelter RULES! When it comes to adding an animal companion to your life, the message is clear: Adopt. Don’t shop!
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