ADOPT FROM A LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER AND MAKE ROOM FOR ANOTHER ANIMAL TO BE TAKEN IN!!!
A third of the total intake at our county animal control ARE"owner surrendered" animals ... animals that were no longer 'wanted'. PLEASE make sure you consider long term 'committment' before adopting!!!!
Bringing a new companion animal into your home is an exciting event.
Adopting your new family member from a shelter or rescue makes it a great event!
In addition to getting a new "best friend" you will be saving the lives of not one but two pets with one adoption. Shelters and rescue organizations do not have enough space for all of the homeless animals of our community so your adoption makes room for another animal also to be saved. Go ahead give yourself a pat on the back for considering adopting a shelter pet because you will be making all the difference in the world for two homeless animals that deserve a second chance. Did you realize that if just a small percentage of people in our community already planning to bring a new pet into their home would adopt from a shelter or rescue no cat or dog would have to be put down for lack of space?
Now before you run out in search of your new best friend there are some things to consider, the first being committment.
Before you bring a pet into your family do your homework. Don't obtain a pet on impulse and give careful thought to whether you are willing and capable of committing to caring for a pet for it's lifetime. Many pets live 15 plus years. They deserve nothing less than a forever home ..... can you make that committment?
The second consideration is cost. In addition to the adoption fee and food you will need to provide wellness or preventative care. Annual vaccinations and checkups. Heartworm, flea and tick preventative, collars and leashes, toys and treats, grooming and training. The shelter professionals can give you a better idea of the annual cost for the pet you choose and pet insurance may be a good financial decision to help with the cost of routine care as well as a major injury or illness.
Why you should adopt from shelters!
Shelter Pets: There is a misconception that shelter pets are damaged goods. They are perceived as unhealthy and/or have behavior issues or are aggressive and dangerous. This couldn't be further from the truth. Pets wind up in shelters for many reasons none of which are their fault. Most of the time the blame for a pet being homeless is directly related to irresponsible owners. In our community there are hundreds of healthy, well behaved pets just waiting for YOU to give them a second chance. We adopted Lulu from our county animal control shelter ....she came house trained and knew the basic training commands .... a great pet for our family!!!
Finding The Right Pet: An excellent reason to adopt from a shelter or rescue is the professional expertise of the organization's staff. They can help you find the right addition to your family. Knowledge of breed traits and characteristics (yes, that includes mixed breeds and cats), personality, activity levels, exercise and grooming requirements can help them find the right fit for you and your new "best friend". Their mission is not to just find a home for a pet but to find the RIGHT home.
LET US HELP YOU FIND A PET by emailing your requirements to us at SumCoAnim@comcast.net. Include the breed, age, M/F, size, etc that you are looking for and we will forward your information on to our shelters within the county. If they have a possible match to meet your needs they will then contact you ... saves you gas and time!! Be sure to include a contact tel #.
Purebreds: If you want a purebred it is estimated that 25% of animals in shelters are purebred and there are breed rescues for almost every breed.
Adoption Fees: At first glance adoption fees may appear to be high but when you consider what you are getting in exchange the fees are more than fair. Adoption fees vary from shelter to shelter and rescue to rescue but the very basic adoption fees cover rabies vaccinations and spay/neuter fees and go up from there to a fully vetted animal. Some adoption organizations may include all vaccinations, preventative maintenance program for worms, heartworms, fleas and ticks, been spayed or neutered, groomed, microchipped, behavior tested, socialized and some basic training. They may also include an ongoing training program or reduced fees for training, 30 days of pet insurance and a starter kit with collar, leash, food and treat coupons and pet care information booklets. Check with each organization for their fees and what it includes.
Return Policy: Most adoption organizations have a return policy. If it's not working for you then it's probably not working for the pet and their concern is placing the pet into a forever home. Sometimes things just don't work but many times a little professional guidance can resolve a lot of situations that would help you keep your pet. Often it is just a communication problem between owner and pet. Many organizations have professionals on staff that can assist with solving problems.
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