PAW Special Feature
Why Adopt a Shelter Pet?
Shelters have all shapes and sizes of lovable mutts, purebreds, all-American
cats, shaggy dogs, puppies and kittens, teenagers and oldsters. Your
chances of finding a wonderful companion who matches your lifestyle,
home are excellent!
About 25 percent of these animals are purebreds. But if you're looking
for a truly one-of-a-kind pet unlike anyone else's, animal
shelters offer the best selection anywhere of smart, healthy,
lovable mixed-breed cats and dogs.
Pet adoption is a life-long commitment which can
easily last 10-15 years for dogs and up to 20 years for
a cat. We provide free Pet Adoption Marketing &
Advertising to Shelters and organizations through the PAW
magazine and website.
According to the Humane Society of the Unites States,
mutts are America's dog of choice, accounting for nearly 60 percent
all pet dogs.
And their numbers are increasing. For good reason. As dog trainer
Kilcommons explains, "mixed breed dogs are often healthier,
longer-lived, more intelligent, and of more stable temperament
than purebreds. This
is due to what geneticists call hybrid vigor."
make great pets. A "secondhand" pet in no
way means second-rate. On the contrary, shelter workers have
many shelter animals seem to sense what they were up against
and become among the most devoted and grateful companions.
shelter residents are healthy, affectionate animals. Many
have already lived with a human family and have the basic training,
cooperative skills they need to become part of your household.
cats, and small mammals like guinea pigs, rabbits, and rats end
up in shelters because of circumstances beyond
of a death, illness, divorce, or a move that didn't include
them. Or they were displaced by a new baby. Or their
owners just didn't
learn how to
Some animals are relinquished at shelters
because of a behavioral problem the owners gave up on. But the fact
is all pets,
young and old, need some
obedience training or retraining, as well as patience
commitment, to become cooperative, enjoyable members
of your household.
And regular, positive
training - as little as 10 minutes a day - will reward
you amply, because it builds a strong bond between
you and your
pet as you
learn to communicate
with him, and he learns to live in your world.
have the animals' best interests at heart. Animal shelters are either
government or private nonprofit
primary mission is to find
the best possible permanent homes that suit the individual
animals they shelter.
Most shelters, but particularly those well staffed with volunteers,
become familiar with the disposition of each animal. If
an animal has lived with a family before, then its history
and behavior are also know. This knowledge helps the staff
make optimal matches between homes and pets and helps you
in making Pet adoption decisions.
Shelter pets are a bargain. For an pet adoption
fee between $60 and $100, you can adopt an animal that would
cost several hundred dollars through other means. The fee
usually includes spay or neuter surgery, worming and vaccinations,
and a certificate for a free health exam.
In addition, shelters offer
free educational literature on all aspects of pet ownership, and
and guidance at
the shelter, over the phone, and through classes.
You save a life and help combat overpopulation,The
simple fact is that there are many more animals
are homes for.
So when you adopt from a shelter, you become
part of the solution to the overpopulation
new home. You free
up cage space for another animal needing to
be adopted. And your money goes toward the
prevent more unwanted animals from being born.
Until the overpopulation crisis has been resolved, pet adoption
is the humane, ethical choice for millions of Americans.