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Perks of Adopting Your Next Fur Kid

Happy Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet Day! There’s nothing quite like rescuing a pet that needs a home. Each year, more than 2 million pets are euthanized just because there are not enough spaces for them at their local shelters and pounds. There are too few people who consider adoption over purchasing a new family member. There are innumerable benefits to adopting, but we’ve managed to narrow the perks down to just a key few. 

  1. You save a life! The pets in our local shelters are simply waiting for someone to come and make them a part of their family, feeling unwanted and abandoned. The reward of adopting a furry friend comes ten-fold in the amount of love and appreciation they have for a roof over their head and food in their bellies. 

  2. Overpopulation is a real problem. There are not enough homes for all the animals born every year. By adopting, you are aiding local shelters, rescues, foster families, and all their volunteers to break the cycle of pet overpopulation. 

  3. Shelter and rescue pets are often already neutered/spayed and up-to-date on vaccinations. You’ll typically pay an adoption fee that is remarkably less than the cost of the multiple vet visits it would take to get your new companion up to snuff on their health. Added bonus- by adopting a spayed/neutered pet, you’re helping to control the pet population in your community.

  4. Adopting an adult animal means you have a greater chance of getting a pet who is already house-trained and maybe even knows some basic commands! You get to bypass all the naughty puppy behaviors like chewing, mouthing, and accidents. Where do I sign up? 

If you’re thinking about adopting (and we might be biased, but we think you should!), you should start the adoption process as soon as possible! Don’t wait until someone catches your eye- start early so your chances of finding the right friend will increase. Once you’re an approved adopter who has gone through the paperwork and home visit, you’ll already be in a pool of potential pet parents when your dream animal comes around!

There are a lot of rescues to choose from in our area, so spend some time finding one that resonates with you (or put in applications at a few different places so you have lots of options!). Here’s a list with some of our favorites:

Diamond in the Ruff Pet Rescue

4 Luv of Dog

Homeward Animal Shelter

Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue

Marshmallow Foundation

Humane Society of the Lakes

Adopt-a-Pet FM