As a pet lover, it’s sad to think that millions of healthy animals must be euthanized every year because shelters simply don’t have the space to keep them indefinitely. Not all dogs and cats are lucky enough to have a responsible animal guardian
who provides them with a loving home. In fact, many people surrender pets to shelters because they underestimated the responsibility involved with having a pet. Rescue organizations take animals from shelters and put them into volunteer foster homes until someone comes along to adopt them.
Suggestions from Adopt-a-Pet.com
Even if you’re not able to adopt a new pet right now, you can use the power of social media to help shelter pets find their forever home during Social PETworking Month. The organization Adopt-a-Pet currently shares a photo and brief biography of a dog, cat, or other domestic pet each day on its Facebook page. It encourages followers to like or share the post to help that pet find a home and to call attention to the many other pets who need homes as well.
During the month of June, Adopt-a-Pet is asking people to find a dog, cat, or other adoptable animal on its website and share the photo and biography on their own social media platforms. It is also asking people to share information about the Social PETworking challenge so the idea gains traction.
Those who really want to challenge themselves to help homeless pets can step things up by sharing information each day about animals waiting for new homes. For those who use Pinterest, another idea is to start a board of adoptable pets in the local area. If you have your own blog or website, consider adding search tools from Adopt-a-Pet to allow people to search for a new pet without having to leave your site.
How to Adopt from a Shelter or Rescue
If you locate a shelter pet online that you’re interested in adopting, the first step is to go to the shelter and ask to meet the pet. A worker will take him or her out of the cage and allow you to spend some time together. If you decide that this is the pet for you, you need to go to the front desk to pay the adoption fee and obtain the medical records. It’s especially important to have details about vaccines and the pet’s spay or neuter status. According to Adopt-a-Pet, adoption fees at shelters range from $25 to $125.
To adopt a rescue pet, send an email to the current foster care provider to express interest. You can also attend an adoption event. These normally take place on weekends at pet stores. Each rescue organization has its own adoption requirements, so be sure to read the instructions carefully before you proceed. This may include filling out an application and going through a phone interview before meeting the pet. Adoption fees typically range from $100 to $300 and may require you to sign a contract.
We would love to meet your new pet once you get him or her home. Please schedule a preventive care exam
at Grantsburg Animal Hospital or Wild River Veterinary Clinic to get your new pet off to a great start.
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