Think about pet adoption because they need and want your love…
Pets add so much to our lives because they offer unconditional love! If you’re considering getting a new pet, I hope you’ll consider pet adoption.
Of course, you can find breeders and purchase an animal from them. But, why not save the life of an animal that is no longer wanted but still has plenty of love to share? There are animal shelters, humane societies, and rescue groups around the country who would love to show you their pets for your consideration.
Pet Adoption is easy
Look online or in your local telephone book (if you still use those!) to find a shelter nearby. If you live in a small town but hoping for a larger selection, you may choose to go to a larger city. They will probably have a larger variety of animals to choose from. Pet stores often host pet adoption drives or you could look on Craigslist, or local newspapers.
Before you consider pet adoption, think about the commitment you can make. Dogs require someone to walk and play with them, as well as feed and love them. Cats are more solitary but they do need someone to feed them, change their litter, and love them (on their terms, of course!) Fish, reptiles, and rodents require less care, so consider this when you decide which animal is best for your family.
If you or your family have a preference, call around to see who has that type of animal available. It can save you a lot of time. There’s no need to visit a shelter or pet store if they don’t have the type of animal you want.
Take time to visit each shelter or rescue area during business hours. You don’t have to make a decision on an animal during your first visit. Choosing a pet is serious business; there’s no need to rush into a relationship which could last many years depending upon the pet you want.
When you consider pet adoption from a shelter or pound, the pets will most likely have a thorough veterinarian examination beforehand. The shelter, pound, or pet store may also give you a certificate toward a first-time veterinarian visit after you take them home. You may have to sign an agreement to have cats or dogs spayed or neutered if you get them while they’re young or they haven’t already been altered.
When you look at the available pets, you will want to find one that is lively, eager for attention, and playful. If you choose a dog, you may want to pay close attention to how they respond to members of each sex and see if they shy away from one or the other.
So, what are you waiting for? There are many animals looking for a forever family. They need someone to love them – are you ready and willing?