The Recycled Pet: 3 Things To Consider Before Purchasing A Pet


It is very unfortunate that we live in a society where it is socially acceptable to throw perfectly good items away. It is even more unfortunate that many people have this same attitude when it comes to pets. If you are considering a pet, here are some things that you may want to consider.

1. Don’t Be Impulsive:
Research and carefully consider what type of pet would be a good fit for your family, your lifestyle, and your schedule.

2. Visit A Shelter:
There are so many loving and sweet pets that are begging for another chance to live in a good home. You can also save a pet from facing an untimely death if your local shelter euthanizes. Remember your local shelter that houses cats and dogs, probably also have bunnies, reptiles, and more. 

3. Consider a Rescue Dog or Cat:
If you are in love with a certain breed of dog or cat, chances are there is a rescue site for them. Visit Pet Finder and find a rescue dog or cat in your local area.

Are you considering a pet?

8 Responses to The Recycled Pet: 3 Things To Consider Before Purchasing A Pet

  1. one4earth August 4, 2009 at 11:11 am #

    thanks SO much for posting this…people need to realize that when you adopt a fur baby into your home, its a lifelong commitment to that animal and that can last 20 years for some cats and dogs and up to 75 for parots!

  2. nfmgirl August 4, 2009 at 12:42 pm #

    Our animal shelter here is actually GIVING AWAY adult animals right now, to avoid having to put them down. I want a dog, but am avoiding going out in search of one, because they find us. I have five cats, and all of them found me! My mother has five cats and a dog, and all of them found her! My brother has probably about five cats, plus three new kittens that his wife just found starved and flea-ridden after she almost ran over one of them the other night on a dirt road. Yep, all of the cats have found THEM. Same with my Dad, who has several cats and three dogs.

    We “reuse” animals in our family. None goes unwanted or unloved!

  3. Linda K August 4, 2009 at 3:20 pm #

    I taught my son when he was very young the importance of spaying and neutering pets to prevent overpopulation. Too bad others never learned. 4 of our dogs are rescue dogs from shelters and they are all wonderful family members.

  4. Sweet Greens August 4, 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    Hi one4earth, I agree, I think a lot of pet purchases are impulse buys and the decision is made without thinking long term. xo.

  5. Sweet Greens August 4, 2009 at 3:41 pm #

    Hi nfmgirl, Wow. Giving them away, hopefully they will find good homes. That is too funny that your animals always find you. It sounds like it is meant to be, lucky kitties.

  6. Sweet Greens August 4, 2009 at 3:54 pm #

    Hi Linda, It is a great lesson to learn. Rescue dogs are amazing.

  7. ecokaren August 5, 2009 at 3:31 pm #

    This is such an important issue and thanks for bringing it up. With this bad economy, many families are unable to take care of their pets and leaving them unattended. And in some cases, leaving them at their foreclosed home, toatlly abandoned. I read heart wrenching stories all the time.

    When we were researching to adpot a dog, we went to Pet Finder and found so many needy animals. We wished we could adopt all of them.

    Great post!

  8. Sweet Greens August 5, 2009 at 3:47 pm #

    Hi EcoKaren, I feel the same way, we love to visit and support our local animal shelters and every time we visit we want to take them all home with us. Thank you for visiting Sweet Greens.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.