Why should I adopt?
Because you will save a life, it helps more than just one animal, and you will change a homeless animal’s whole world!
- 6-8 million animals end up in shelters each year, half of which will probably not be adopted.
- 25% of pets in shelters are purebreds. Breed-specific rescue groups always have purebred dogs and puppies
- Most pets end up homeless through no fault of their own
- Pets adopted from shelters and rescue groups typically cost less than pets purchased or even acquired for free
- Most shelters and rescue groups conduct thorough behavioral analyses of each pet to ensure they will be a right fit for your family
Expenses of adopting a pet:
- Adoption costs
- Veterinary cots
- Ongoing expenses (time, food, medication, veterinary visits, etc.)
What kind of dog/cat is best for me?
Like Dayna mentioned, age and breed can affect what dog or cat is best for you. There are some online quizzes you can take that can help you decide what type of dog or cat is best suited for you! For example: vetstreet.com/breed-finder
When adopting a rescue dog, it typically takes up to 3 months (or longer) for your dog to be fully comfortable in their new home.
In the first 3 days: Your new pup will be feeling overwhelmed, may be scared and unsure of what is going on, not comfortable with themselves, may not want to drink or eat, shut down and want to curl up in their crate or hide under the table. They will be testing boundaries in this time period.
After 3 weeks: Your new pup will start settling in, feel more comfortable, realizing this could be their forever home, figured out their environment, getting into a routine, let their guard down and may start showing their true personality, and some behavior issues may start showing up.
After 3 months: Your new pup will finally feel comfortable in their new home, building trust and a true bond, gained a complete sense of security with their new family and will be set in a routine.
If you are interested in adopting a pet, be sure to contact your local shelter.
For additional information about adopting a pet, visit these resources: