When you're looking to add a pet to your life, consider adopting a homeless animal from your local shelter. Whether you want a puppy or a mature cat, a purebred or a one-of-a-kind mixed breed, even a rabbit or hamster, your shelter has the best selection of animals anywhere.
There are several advantages of adopting through an animal shelter or animal rescue organization. Animals that come into the shelters are typically assessed by the staff for health and temperament. The staff are also knowledgeable and can help you find a pet that suits your lifestyle. Plus you give a homeless pet a second chance at a happy life - and you don't contribute to pet overpopulation! With a shelter adoption, you're saving more than one life - you're making room for another dog, or allowing another dog to be kept at a shelter for a longer period of time, giving them a better chance of being adopted, too.