Give a dog or cat a second chance at a healthy and happy life. Go to your local animal shelter or search for a pet on a website such as www.Petfinder.com. Here are so many wonderful animals in shelters and at rescue organizations looking for a loving home.
Looking for a purebred? You may find what you're looking for at a shelter. 25%-30% of shelter animals are purebred. Or adopt a purebred animal from one of the many purebred rescue groups.
The animals in shelters are usually screened for health issues before being put up for adoption. Animals will be vaccinated and spayed/neutered (if old enough) prior to adoption.
- Research breeds for information such as temperament, size, grooming needs, nutrition needs, health issues, etc.
- Research the cost of owning a pet: food, vet visits, medications, grooming, training.
- Realize that a pet is a long-term commitment: a dog or cat can live 12 or more years.
- Consider what size animal will fit best in your home.
- Consider what kind of animal will best fit your lifestyle.
- Do you have the strength to handle a 75 lb. dog?
- Or is a lap dog a better choice?
- Are you physically able to care for a pet?
- How will your dog get exercise?
- Will your pet be alone for long periods of time?
- What will you do with your pet if you have to be away from home?
- Do you want to housetrain a puppy?
- Will a mature pet be a better fit?
- Do you already have pets in your home?
Half of all animals in shelters end up euthanized. Save a life. Give an animal a second chance at a special home and that special someone to love. Please consider adopting from a shelter or rescue group instead of buying from a pet store, breeder, or puppy mill. Click here to view our animals available for adoption.