Be nice to your wallet
The fact of the matter is that it costs a lot to own a dog in Singapore. Thankfully, there is the more wallet-friendly option of adopting instead of buying a dog! 🙂 Adopted dogs usually already come vaccinated, sterilised and microchipped, so you can save on these costs, and spend the money on treats for your furkid instead.
Make a humane choice
Famed philosopher Alastair Norcross’s thought experiment argues that eating factory farmed meat is morally comparable to torturing puppies for gustatory pleasure. Norcross’s main point is to criticise the animal abuse in the factory farm industry. You may be wondering how is Norcross’s thought experiment even remotely related to the topic of dog adoption? Well, there is a link because puppy mills (an establishment that breeds puppies for sale, typically on an intensive basis and in conditions regarded as inhumane) exist in Singapore.
While Fred (the protagonist in Norcross’s thought experiment) tortures puppies for the gustatory pleasure of chocolate, numerous puppy mills treat dogs as mass breeding machines with little care for their well-being. In a 2019 Channel NewAsia article If everyone detests puppy mills, why do they still exist?, Siew cites the example of how in 2010, 85 dogs were rescued from the commercial puppy mill in Pasir Ris, and were living in filthy, small cages.
Essentially, you should consider adopting dogs from humane animal shelters (establishments that treat animals with kindness) because there is a chance that you may be supporting unethical breeding practices if you buy a dog from pet shops.
All in all, there are numerous benefits to adopting a dog (rather than jumping on the bandwagon and buying one from a pet store). Ultimately, choosing to adopt a dog is a more affordable and humane option, so do consider adoption if you think you are up for the challenge of owning a furkid.