In an effort to heighten awareness, pet bloggers and editors are raising their voices together to highlight animal shelter adoption. Each site participating in the Pet 'Net Adoption Event has devoted at least one post to the topic of shelter adoption. Click the links to the right to see the blogs and support this great cause.
Shelter overflow is a serious problem, which results primarily from irresponsible pet ownership. This includes failure to spay & neuter, and abandoning pets when they "misbehave" or their medical problems become too expensive to control, in their owners' viewpoint.
Many people think of their local shelter when they are looking for a dog or cat, but did you know that animal shelters and rescues can be great places to find exotic pets, too? If you are considering getting an exotic pet, especially one of the more common critters like rabbits, rodents, ferrets, or reptiles, I recommend checking your local shelter first. You could save a life, and find a great companion in the process!
Find the best pet for you and your lifestyle. Learn about pet personality matching, different types of online adoption sites, and meet my personal story of shelter adoption success, Sophie the dog!
Here at DailyPuppy.com, we truly believe that every dog deserves a forever home. To help raise awareness of adoption, DailyPuppy is featuring an Adoptable Puppy of the Day and Adoptable Grown-Up Puppy of the Day on the homepage!
Johann shares his story of adoption from a dog's perspective. Rescued from a life on the streets in 2004 by the volunteers at the Southside Animal Shelter in Indianapolis, Johann is now an accomplished and titled agility dog, proponent for pet adoption, and ambassador for the environment.
Many of the pit bulls confiscated last year from NFL player Michael Vick's dog fighting kennel are now being adopted. Considering the dogs were raised to fight for their lives as part of a brutal dog fighting ring--not many would foresee that these very same dogs would someday be living at peace with other dogs and people.
In many shelters across the country, dogs with thick, dark black coats usually take longer to get adopted. The phenomenon is commonplace enough to have earned its own name: "black dog syndrome." But don't let the black coats fool you, as these dogs make great pets.
Watachie was my first German Shepherd Dog and he was everything that I wanted a dog to be: he was smart, handsome, loyal, and he loved me. Watachie also came from a rescue group - San Diego German Shepherd Rescue. I liked the idea of saving a dog's life and Watachie had been abandoned with his littermates on a rural road.
* Pet Adoption Success Stories - tales and pictures by our readers!
* Pet Adoption Articles - why your next pet should be adopted from your local pet shelter!
* Pet Adoption and the Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) - an inside glimpse of our local WHS.
When Selecting a Shelter Pet Consider Your Birth Sign
So you've decided you're going to adopt a pet from your local shelter -- congratulations, you've made a wonderful decision! A little advance planning will help you make the best selection.
Most dogs in need of new homes are non-purebred dogs. As part of the Pet 'Net Adoption Event we're celebrating the Mixed Breed Dog with a special slideshow of mixed breed dog pictures.
Homeless stray dogs do not have a good life. It is estimated that a stray dog lives an average of 2-3 years, whereas one kept as a pet can live up to 20 years. Give a homeless dog a second chance. Consider adopting from an animal welfare organization or from someone fostering a dog, instead of running down to the nearest pet shop.
My dog Olivia is a mixed breed that I rescued from the streets of St. Kitts, where I attended veterinary school. She was found by another veterinary student roaming the streets at 8 weeks of age and was skin and bones, like most of the strays on the island. I immediately fell in love and have now had her for six years.
Jo Deibel, co-founder and president of Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, never gets to sleep in. With her sizable crew of resident horses demanding their breakfast served and their stalls, cleaned. Jo's day begins at the crack of dawn. Her telephone rings off the hook with calls about horses needing rescue, setting up meetings, planning for media coverage, events and fund raising. When it comes to raising those funds, rescue money "just ain't hay."
Back in June I wrote about my friend Yasmine Galenorn's cat Luna and the tortoiseshell's brush with death. Although Luna rallied for a short time, she wasn't able to recover from the surgery. Even more tragically, Yasmine lost a second cat (Keeter) not long after Luna died, reducing her cat from four to two felines. Yasmine said she'd know when the time was right to adopt another needy cat. But she wasn't in any hurry.
Bringing a new cat, dog, or other pet into your life can be exciting and fun! And, when you adopt from a rescue or shelter, it can be especially rewarding knowing you're giving that pet a second chance at life. What potential adopters need to know though, is that rescue groups and shelters normally have certain requirements a potential pet owner must meet in order to adopt a pet. Since they want to place the pets with the best possible homes, someone looking to adopt a pet should be ready to be screened...sometimes quite thoroughly.
Johann, host of Raise a Green Dog, shares the story of Ernie, the mascot of Rescue Me, and how he has changed his new 's life forever. Ernie was rescued by a shelter in Indianapolis and when he was passed over for adoption began a life as a fostered dog for over a year. Now he is with his furever home; happy, healthy and thriving - an inspirational and heartwarming story of pet adoption.
Rescue Me, a blog dedicated to helping pups find their furever homes, blogs about the amazing, lovable, talented, cute, big and small, fun and furry, purebred and All-American pups available in shelters and rescues across the country; and the resources available to help you find your new 'best friend.'
Raise your hand if you bought your dog from a breeder, pet store, newspaper ad or the Internet. If you raised your hand, then you have personally contributed to the pet overpopulation problem in this country, perhaps without even knowing it. The pet overpopulation problem is perpetuated by backyard breeders, pet shops and Internet breeders because there are millions of homeless animals living in shelters, foster care, and rescues across the country; and every time you buy a dog from a breeder or pet store, one of the rescue pets loses the chance to go to a "forever home."
Each year more then 3 million animals are euthanized by shelters all across the United States because they are not adopted and can no longer financially be kept at the shelters. That's about half the number of animals that are housed in shelters throughout the year. That means its not very good odds for animals entering a shelter to get adopted.
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