Adopt your Next Best Friend

Have free time and missing some companionship? Even if you’re not you can incorporate a new friend into your family that lowers your blood pressure and actually improves your health. It gives you a schedule or routine to keep you on focus and you’ll find the payoff extremely more amazing than the work!

… BUT WAIT! Before you run to the pet store you should know that most pet stores are supplied animals through mills which treat them inhumanely and use them solely for offspring and a paycheck — they often live in VERY unsanitary conditions and are sold at a steep price.

There is good news though! Some pet store chains have regulations and encourage adoptions — PetSmart and PetCo both often show local cats and dogs from the Humane Society that need homes. Also make sure to check out Humane Societies and Animal Rescue groups in your area for more lovely animals in need of companionship.

ASPCA has a great guide on adopting and locating pets that need homes as well as lots of features and questions to ask yourself prior to adopting.

Remember to research the pets that are right for you before adopting!

.. and don’t be picky! Looks aren’t everything, this is a chance at a wonderful life for an animal — choose based on need if you want to be choosy!

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    Also, if you do a little research there are usually some great non-kill shelters you can adopt from that offer the same benefits as adopting from the human society. I live in Salem, OR and one of the organizations I favor is Salem Friends of Felines. They spay and neuter and microchip and give shots to all their kitties, and will foster any cat they have until adoption or natural death. They even have kitties with birth defects and incurable diseases. I highly encourage researching these places, because, at least here in the Willamette Valley, the Human Society puts down as many as 100 kitties a day ๐Ÿ™ always something to think about.

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    Great point! Some Humane Societies are kill and some are no-kill, it is very important to know who you are supporting! As for no-kill shelters, I’m all for it as long as each animal has a good quality of life and they aren’t shoved into unsanitary and overcrowded conditions! Sadly, that happens too. ๐Ÿ™

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