Adoption is one of the best ways to complete your family. While many people find that pet stores have the perfect dog breed and the perfect dog that they are looking for, this is for a reason. Pet stores breed animals for sale, and in a world with a fast-growing overpopulation of pets this is a problem. Animal activists beg people to spay and neuter their pets to help control this overpopulation, yet there are puppy and kitty mills all over the world that specialize in breeding the perfect pets and producing them in mass quantities to be sold in pet stores all around the United States.There are a variety of benefits to adoption that many people fail to consider when deciding how they are going to get their new pet. Your local humane society, rescue shelter, or animal shelter should have plenty of animals for you to browse through to see if they have the type of pet that you will be willing to call your own.
When you adopt from one of your local adoption centers, you do not pay to purchase a pet but they do usually require a 'donation' in order to take the pet home with you. The donation is designed to offset some of the costs in preparing the pet to go home with you, including veterinary care, kenneling, and any vaccinations or sterilizations that were made.
If you don't think you are comfortable adopting a pet who needs a good, loving home like yours rather than purchasing one from a pet store, stop in to one of the shelters and look at one of these adorable, adoptable pets and make that decision then. At that point, you will probably change your mind.
Labels: Dog Adoptions, Pet Adoptions
Well here I am, and this is my first post as a blogger of my very own blog. My aspiration with this tool will be to bring readers useful tips on everything pets...mostly Cats and Dogs. I'd like to call it the Bark Blog, not for any particular reason other than the connotation in that if perhaps I may want to bark on a topic or subject, I may want my readers to hop on the bandwagon and join me. I suppose I could call it the Bark & Meow Blog. We'll see.
I will bring personal views from my experience in the Pet Adoption part of my life, as well as health tips, pet product reviews and insight to the Pet Fashion World.
Having worked as a volunteer myself at adoption centers, I gained enough experience to then help coordinate and run a group of 50 some odd number of volunteers that worked for a not-for-profit Animal Rescue Organization in my County, of which I was responsible for. It was an invigorating experience as well as sometimes stressful.
Stress and all, at the end of the day, I understood that there was much good being done finding homes for strays that needed lots of love.
As far as my pets, they were all adopted with the exception of one cat which came about when my husband, boyfriend back then, purchased him at a local pet store. He had done this on the rebound as he witnessed one of my cats being hit by a car that evening, as I went into hysteria. So, thinking that he was doing me some good, he went out and got me my little gray kitty.
This was the only time I took possession of a pet that was bought in a pet store. Not that I have anything against that, but I would much rather prefer to see animals rescued as there are more than plenty of these poor souls seeking shelter away from the wild and from a cage.
Since that point in time, I have had at least a 10 year stretch where my 5 pets lived together within my household. I feel fortunate to have had a stretch of time whereas all my pets were alive and well for a good number of years all getting along. Naturally there have been hiccups with health related issues along the way.
To bring this up to date, 2 years ago my only dog Sugar had to have her hind leg amputated due to a Cancer while at the same time I had to put down one of my Orange Tabby's that I rescued off the street 12 years earlier. That cat by the name of Grover was quite ill and needed to be put to sleep. This March his sibling Elmo the other Orange Tabby contracted Cancer and has been on Chemo treatments since and doing quite well to date.
Unfortunately I had to put down my gray cat of 17 years just last month as he became quite ill. I am saddened by the loss of all 3 cats, my Calico passed on 6 years ago. But they brought me so much joy. I am now left with my dog Sugar who truly is as sweet as can be and getting up their in age for a mixed Shepard breed and Elmo the Orange Tabby who is also about 16.
I don't know how I'm going to handle their loss somewhere down the road, but for right now, I am enjoying their company as much as I possibly can. Now if my daughter would just stop craddling Elmo 15 x a day and kissing him, he just might be a happier kitty in his golden years.
Labels: Past and My 1st Post, Pets