Once you have decided on pet adoption, one of the hardest decisions you might have to make is where to go to get the right pet for your family.
Pet adoption can be one of the most rewarding things you can do. Not only are you adding to your family, you are quite literally saving a life. There are some that estimate that close to 10 million companion animals are euthanized each year due to over-crowed shelters and humane societies. Many of those animals are wonderful creatures that deserved much better.
No matter what type or breed of animal you are looking for, you will be able to find it either in a shelter, humane society or in a rescue. There are many rescues that are dedicated to certain breeds. The shelters are also full of mixes and pure breeds.
When you chose to adopt there will often times be an application and adoption fee. The application will make sure that you and this furry friend will be a good match. The volunteers at the shelters will want to make sure that this relationship will be a good one so that the animal will not end back up in a shelter (or worse).
The application fee will cover the vet work that has been done. All reputable rescues, societies and shelters will have the animal spayed or neutered and up to date on his or her shots. Puppy and kitten adoption will include all shots that can be done for their age. If they are too young to be spayed or neutered, the fee will cover that at a later date. You will most likely need to sign a contract promising it will be done as soon as possible.
With the staggering number of animals that are euthanized each day many people are working very hard to match people with the ideal pet. Check out your local shelters and humane societies. If you are looking for a certain breed that is not at your shelter then look for a reputable rescue—usually a quick Internet search will render the results you are looking for. If you are having a hard time finding a good rescue, call your state health department for a list of licensed rescues.
Many people have found the love of their lives by adoption. Many of the animals in the shelters deserve great lives and have much love to give. You will be able to find that love when you look into pet adoption.
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