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Pet Adoption: Home

Why Should I Adopt?

Ask anyone who has adopted a pet and they’ll share with you their story of love, fun and companionship. Why? Because shelter pets are amazing!

Within the next year, millions of cats and dogs will enter shelters and rescue groups nationwide. In that time, even more people intend to bring a pet into their homes, which is why we’re working to show why shelters should be your first choice and preferred way to acquire a pet.

Remember: Dogs and cats who are taken into the care of shelters and rescue groups each year find themselves homeless through no fault of their own; “moving” and “landlord issues” are the top reasons people give up their pets. (Continue reading from The Shelter Pet Project)


Places to Donate

If you can't take in a new pet but still would like to make an impact on their lives. Here are organizations that accept donations to better the lives of the animals in their care.

Exotic Pets Need Homes Too!

When people hear about adopting pets from a shelter,they naturally think of dogs and cats. However, exotic pets of all kinds can be found at shelters, too. From parrots to rabbits, guinea pigs to iguanas, even potbellied pigs — there is a shelter for nearly every species. Exotic pet shelters and rescues can be found worldwide. A likely place to start looking for one in your area is to search the Internet or, better yet, ask your veterinarian for some suggestions on where to look. (Continue reading from Vet Street)

Find out if your exotic pet is legal!

Foster Care

Shelters can be a stressful place for dogs and cats, especially with long-term stays. Research shows that foster care provides dogs and cats with a respite from the shelter environment and improves their welfare.

Foster care allows the shelter, and ultimately the adopter, to gain additional insights into a pet’s personality in a more natural environment. It enables foster caregivers to take pictures and video, which can help prospective adopters envision the pet in their own home. Foster care also frees up space at a shelter, allowing staff to spend more time with the pets who remain in their care..

While there are many potential benefits of foster care, animal shelters and rescue organizations often state that difficulty recruiting new foster caregivers is the biggest barrier to creating and sustaining a foster program. (Continue reading from Maddie's Fund)