Let’s say hubby comes in the kitchen and says he wants burgers for dinner. Cool right? Except you have no ground beef. But that’s okay. Walmart is just right down the road so you can make a quick trip and pick up some.
So, you go in the store and head on over to the meat section and scope out the options. There are lots to choose from. Regular versus Angus and grass-fed. Brisket burgers with bacon, cheese, and even peppers. There are several different fat percentages too. I usually get 93% lean, but often we get 85%. But there is also 73% and 97% too. Then there are different size packages ranging from just one pound up to ten pounds. You can even get premade burgers in several different flavors, fat percentages, and sizes. I even found a double-burger size the other day.
So, after some shopping, you decide on a package of Angus brisket burgers, preformed, and in a package of four patties. Then, you head to the cash register and pay for your purchase. Shopping…you searched for what you wanted and then paid for it.
Today, I did some shopping too. I got wet while going from the car to the store and needed a new shirt cause we were going to the gym before going home and I didn’t want to go wet. I headed to the workout clothes and looked for shirts on clearance. I found the clearance rack and browsed. They had the size I wanted but not the color. So, I decided I wasn’t that wet and would dry enough, so didn’t buy a shirt. I shopped.
When someone goes to the animal shelter or pet rescue, and look for a pet, they are shopping. They look at all the options, big dogs, little dogs, medium-sized dogs, hairy dogs, and not so hairy ones. They look for a dog that will fit their lifestyle whether active or couch potato. Some folks want an older dog that they don’t have to potty train, and others want a puppy they can raise with their kids. Some might want a smaller dog that will take less space than a huge dog like a Great Dane. And, like it or not, there are financial considerations too. I mean, that’s why a lot of older dogs with health issues are still in shelters and rescues waiting for a home.
Same thing for cats. Some folks are not cat people, …and some are aren’t dog people. It would be silly for a dog person to get a cat.
When a decision is made, and the perfect pet is picked out, paperwork is taken care of, and then fees are paid before you can take your new family member home.
This is shopping. I know many people use the “adopt, don’t shop” phrase, and it sounds good, but in all honesty, it’s still shopping.
I sincerely believe all dogs and cats in shelters and rescues deserve a home where they will be loved and taken care of. But, when folks who do shop for their pet are made to feel guilty for not “adopting” a shelter animal, it’s wrong.
I love that there are folks passionate about rescuing animals and making sure they are taken care of properly. I even volunteered at a shelter for a while and totally respect those who do it every day.
But again, call it what it is. Rescuing, adopting, shopping…