Could you adopt a pet?
Before taking on a new pet, there are a few things that families should consider together. (Read: How to find the right pet.) One thing that families may choose to consider is adopting a pet from a shelter instead of selecting a newborn from a breeder.
Some options to consider:
Shelters have lovable animals of all shapes, sizes and ages. Your chances of finding a wonderful companion who matches your lifestyle and family are excellent!
Many shelters have also one-of-a-kind mixed breeds, you could pick your own unique pet that no one else has.
“Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats. Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats).” – Quote from ASPCA
Local Veterinarians may know of pets looking for a home.
Check with local pet rescues in your area and see what is available.
Do your research on Petfinder.com. It has more than 290,000 adoptable animals and over 13,000 shelters and rescue groups listed.