Adopting a pet from an animal shelter or rescue group isn't as easy as going into the food store and picking out a new flavor of ice cream. Things are a little more complicated than that!
I always check http://www.petfinder.com and have adopted from there.
Not only do they have the pets listed at the shelters and rescue groups, they also have classified ads. The classifieds in the newspapers usually have preowned pets as well. Sometimes due to circumstances, like moving or a new baby or other reasons people have to get rid of their pet and have already gotten the beginning shots, neutering, etc.
Sometimes they are just happy to have their pet going to a good home and there is no charge. Also, rescue groups and animal shelters will work with you on pets that will have to be destroyed soon if they are not adopted.
I think the adoption fees are more for you to prove to them that you can provide for the pet and also to help support the shelter or rescue group.
In any case, please don't adopt an animal if you are not able to make the commitment to provide it food, medical care, training and companionship. Many of the shelter animals were once "cute" little puppies that when they chewed on something or when they were no longer little and cute, ate too much, were too much trouble, didn't mind, etc. were disposable to the owners.
Susan from ThriftyFun
Our family too has made many adoptions from our local animal shelter. Matter of fact, my "newest" kitty came from there right before the Christmas holidays. Our dog (Peebles) will be with us for 15 years this year and she too came from the shelter. I agree with you that this is one of the best places to get a pet that needs a family to love it..as much as the family needs a pet to love. Thanks for the insight.
I will always open my home and heart to a shelter dog or cat. They have been wonderful companion pets and so appreciative of a home and family.
I agree with everything you have said but find some thing very upsetting. Why would a shelter turn you down because you have not had a pet in 15 years. This does not make you a bad pet owner.
I have been turned down before myself because I have had dogs in my life before and had to find good homes for them due to very serious circumstances. I was told that since "I got rid" of other pets, I wasn't a good pet owner. I know am the proud owner of a lab. I got him from a family friend who had a serious circumstance herself and he is just the greatest. Plus, I know where he came from and what he likes versus getting an animal that may have been abused. I just can't understand how the pound can be so picky but yet the animals have less than 50% chance of living. Just wish things were different in Indiana
I have adopted our last three dogs by searching online (petfinder.com). I know that rescue groups and shelters place many other types of animals besides dogs on this site.
I would recommend anyone adopting from a shelter to immediately take the dog or cat to your vet. We just adopted a puppy and, within a day, he showed full blown parvo symptoms and died under vet care 5 days later. Just two days ago, we adopted a one year old cocker/basset mix who is very healthy but came from a different shelter that gave him shots and a vet checkup before he could be adopted. The previous shelter did not do either of these things due to finances. I will always adopt from a shelter because the dogs and cats from there do make great friends for you for life, but it is a commitment.
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