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Adopting Animals From Shelters

Since February is spay and neuter month in the United States, some help adopting animals from shelters can reduce the killing of healthy pets. Dogs and cats have enhanced my life for as long as I can recall. Almost all of those wonderful dogs and cats came from shelters.

There are rules set by the shelter and people wanting to adopt any animal should follow those regulations. Call or drop into your local shelter to find out what those demands are before you think about taking a pet home. It is more traumatic for a pet and the household members if a dog or cat is adopted and then returned to the shelter.

Do some research about the breed of dog you think you would like to have as a pet. Look at all the members of the family's health concerns before considering a cat too. Shelters will help you with some online guidelines for you to view in the comfort of your home. Do not act on impulse in going to the shelter and picking a dog or cat to go home with you. Concentration needs to be considered well since you are dealing with a life in this instance.

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SoundNFury wrote on February 5, 2015, 4:59 AM

It's too bad that some people make the wrong decision when taking home a pet, because as you say, it is even worse that way.

Madcanman wrote on February 5, 2015, 5:18 AM

Very good article. We will hopefully be adopting a cat soon. Though we'll never replace our dear old guy who just passed, I've never been without a furry little companion.

j2jworkz wrote on February 5, 2015, 9:27 AM

Good reminder. Can't imagine our lives without a furry family member.

osumbum19 wrote on February 5, 2015, 10:48 AM

I always say that you only bring home an animal if you have the intention of keeping it for the rest of its life. They are a commitment which others seem to forget.

Fawkes62 wrote on February 5, 2015, 2:27 PM

We got our dog from one of the local shelters. She was a puppy born in foster care for that shelter. The mama came into the shelter well along in her pregnancy so she was sent to a foster home until the puppies were old enough to be adopted out. We've also fostered for that shelter but aren't right now. Our last foster ended up not being fully dewormed and it turned us off from fostering for a while since we have our own animals, and children, to think about. We haven't decided if we will try fostering again or not.

crowntower wrote on February 5, 2015, 3:01 PM

I think before adopting should also consider if he is responsible enough to clean the feces of their animals and know how to take cares of them and not neglecting them wondering around the streets and bark to other people.

AudreyHowitt wrote on February 6, 2015, 2:23 PM

We got our dog 12 years ago from a shelter--and she is the best--shelters are the way to go!

grandma20121 wrote on February 6, 2015, 3:38 PM

your right you should think it over really well before getting a pet, a pet is responsibility and if you can not commit to it forever then you should not take it home , its not fair to the pet.

Fawkes62 wrote on February 11, 2015, 6:12 PM

Our local shelter calls at least two references and if you rent calls the landlord before allowing you to adopt a pet. They also ask a lot of questions about what kind of animal you are looking for, like an active, playful dog or one that is more laid back. They do their best to help people choose an animal that will be a good fit for them.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 14, 2015, 10:41 PM

I don't have a pet at the moment, if I were to adopt an animal from a shelter, I would adopt a cat.