Nov
19
2013

Dog Bite Liability: Pet Adoption vs Buying – Part 1

Dog Bite Liability: Pet Adoption vs Buying – Part 1

Dog Bite Liability: Pet Adoption vs Buying – Part 1

Back in 2010, PetsMart Charities partnered with Ipsos Marketing to ask people why they choose to adopt their pets rather than buy them from a pet store or breeder, and vice versa. Though this research isn’t new, it still remains valid today.

In part 1 of this 2 part post, we’ll be looking at the reasons that people choose adoption when it comes to finding a dog.

It is estimated that around 2.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States due to pet overpopulation. The PetsMart Charities study found that there is limited space at shelters and few fostering resources, leaving shelter staff with the very hard decision to euthanize animals who haven’t been adopted. Many potential dog owners are compelled to adopt because they feel as though they’ll be saving a life.

There is a common misconception that the animals that get euthanized at shelters were unhealthy. Though in some cases this is true, animal shelters typically have many dogs that are happy and healthy, but just couldn’t be taken care of by their owners anymore. Most shelters even examine and give vaccinations to animals when they arrive, and many spay or neuter them before being adopted. This is another reason why people choose adoption.

One final reason cited by the PetsMart study that people choose adoption rather than buying, is that many individuals are afraid their purchased puppy comes from a “puppy mill”, which is a factory-style breeding facility that is typically poor quality for the breeding dogs. Generally speaking, there is no health-screening done on the parents at puppy mills, meaning there may be potential for medical issues in the puppies.

However, it’s very important to note that there are highly reputable breeders that do sell puppies who come from healthy and happy parents, and who are just as deserving of a loving home. There are also many reasons that people choose to buy rather than adopt, which we will be discussing in part 2 of this post.

No matter how you acquire your pet, it’s important to be aware of the dog bite liability that faces any and all dog owners. At Federation of Insured Dog Owners, Inc. we now offer Dog bite liability insurance, an exclusive product and benefit for F.I.D.O members only. This policy is available in all states except in South Carolina, Hawaii and Alaska. Contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.

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