7 Reasons You and Your Friends Should Adopt

As long as people continue to buy animals from breeders, animals awaiting homes in shelters may never get the chance to go on romps at the park or enjoy overnight cuddle sessions.

If you or someone in your life is ready for the responsibility of welcoming an animal into the family, choose the only ethical way and adopt from an open-admission shelter. Buying animals from a breeder or pet store guarantees one thing: Animals in shelters lose a chance at finding their forever homes.

Help us spread the adoption word! Share these pictures on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and tell everyone you know about why you should never buy animals from stores or breeders.

1. This beauty has the right idea:

2. This puppy would love to have a safe home:

DON'T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER DOGS DIE. http://peta.vg/1kdwCC: American Kennel Club & Westminster Kennel Club Dog ShowSHARE if you’ll ALWAYS #AdoptDontBuy!

Posted by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

3. Go ahead, make his day:

SO MANY dogs in shelters are waiting for THEIR day.SHARE if you hope they all get it! #AdoptDontBuy

Posted by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) on Thursday, March 5, 2015

4.  If he could, he’d beg you to #AdoptDontBuy:

5. These puppies and kittens have a nice reminder for us all:

So many homeless animals are looking for THEIR valentine.SHARE if you hope many find it today! #AdoptDontBuy

Posted by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) on Saturday, February 14, 2015

6. Dare your friends to look him in the eye and tell him that he’s not good enough:

7. And ask them to help you save lives by pledging to adopt, not shop!

View this post on Instagram


A post shared by PETA (@peta) on

There are thousands of animals in shelters who are ready for loving, permanent homes, and they need your help. If you’re not looking for an animal companion, chances are that one of your friends is. Please make sure that they always adopt and never buy. Remember:

View this post on Instagram


A post shared by PETA (@peta) on

Get PETA Updates

Stay up to date on the latest vegan trends and get breaking animal rights news delivered straight to your inbox!

By submitting this form, you’re acknowledging that you have read and agree to our privacy policy and agree to receive e-mails from us.

 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind