I fully recommend adopting animals from your local shelter. They may not be a “pure bred” but they are full of so much love! Kimberly was a little apprehensive in the beginning to be in a new surrounding but after a few days she was good as gold. I gave her a perfect mixture of love and alone time to help her adjust to her new family.
Kimberly came to me from the Portage County Animal Protective League. This shelter does a great job of matching pets with their new parents or owners. The workers make note of all the animals’ personalities and give them bios. Their goal is to make the best match possible to ensure that not only is everyone happy together, but that the pets do not get returned to the shelter. Adopting a pet is a serious commitment and though it’s a fun process it is one that needs to be given a great deal of thought.
Even after you adopt a shelter pet there are still many things you can do to help the shelter and the other pets remaining there. Many shelters need donations and volunteers to keep running. You can give the gift of time, money, toys and food for the pets or even office supplies. The more the shelters receive the more they can do to help the furry kitties and puppies they are temporarily housing until they receive their permanent loving home.
To sum up my public service announcement I’ll take a moment to sound like my man Bob Barker and say, “Have your pets spayed or neutered!” Animal shelters all provide adoptive parents with the information needed on spaying or neutering your new pet if they aren’t already. It really is our duty as pet owners to control the pet population. It breaks my heart to know there are so many animals out there that don’t have homes. If I could I would save them all (guess at point I would be the crazy cat lady) but sadly I can’t. So I will raise my voice as much as I can and be an advocate for people to adopt shelter animals – not just kitties (though I do love them more) but dogs too! My thought is if everyone does their part then together we can make a difference!