June is 
"Adopt a Shelter Pet "


But Shelters need our support all year long!

The American Humane Society estimates that more than 15 million, healthy, friendly dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be put to sleep in shelters this year because nobody wants them.  There are however, two important things that you can do to help end these needless slaughters.  Spay/neuter your pets to prevent unwanted animals, and opt to adopt from your local animal shelter or rescue.

Shelters and rescues are filled with cats, dogs, bunnies, birds, ferrets, and even horses and goats.  These animals all have one thing in common, they are in need of a loving home.


Reasons to Opt to Adopt

-You will be saving a life.  By adopting an animal from the shelter that is one more animal in this world given a second chance, one less to be marked as destroyed, and one pet that will love you forever.

-Shelter pets are current on vaccines, tests, and spay/neuter.  Puppies and kittens that are too young to be spayed/neutered are usually given a voucher for a free spay/neuter.  All you have to do is pay the adoption fee which can range from $25-$80.

Common Myths About Shelter Adoptions

"They are all sick"

-This just isn't true, but it is the chance you take when you adopt, or buy any animal.  Nobody can guarantee the health of any animal.

"They have behavior problems, that's why they were given up."

You will find many pets abandoned in shelters are not give up due to behavior problems, but due to pet owners not having the time or energy to train and redirect behavior problems when they arise.  The majority of shelters and rescues have a staff of volunteers and foster families dedicated to redirecting improper behavior problems prior to adoption.  The second most popular reason pets are given up is because the family is moving, while "he is just too big for our home" is ranked 3rd.  The majority are strays that were picked up by animal control or rescuers.

"All shelters have are adult dogs and cats."

This isn't true, kittens and puppies go very quickly in shelters.  Give some thought to the adult adoption. More healthy adult dogs and cats are put to sleep in shelters then puppies and kittens.  These adult animals are not a surprise, what you see is what you get.  You will already know how big the animal is, they already know basic commands, and do not need the constant supervision and training that goes along with owning a kitten or puppy.  Adults are all caught up on vaccines and are spayed/neutered prior to adoption.

"But we want a Siamese or Golden Retriever."

Believe it or not, pure bred pets make up nearly 40% of the population in shelters.  Do not be surprised when you walk into a shelter and find a litter of Siamese kittens, an adult Persian or a beautiful black lab.  Being pure bred does not make any animal immune to shelter life.  You may also want to take the opportunity to contact the many breed rescues out there. For every pure bred animal is a rescue dedicated to the welfare of that particular breed.  Check with your local vet, groomer, shelter, or look to the Internet for a listing of  breed rescues

Tips on Choosing a Shelter Pet

Please remember the shelter is a scary place for any animal and is not a natural home environment.  Do not turn your back on the dog that doesn't jump from his pen or the cat that hides in his litter box.  All these animals need is a bit of love, a gentle hand, and a real home environment.

Ask questions about the animal's personality.  If you have children you will want an animal that gets along well with children, or if you have an apartment you will want a dog or cat that doesn't need too much room to run around.

Visit the different shelters and rescues until the perfect dog or cat grabs your attention.  It can take a few days or a few months to find the animal that is right for you and your family. If you are looking for a particular color, size, or breed, leave your name and number with the shelter or rescue, if an animal comes in matching your description they will contact you.

You too Can Make a Difference!

You do not have to adopt an animal to help make a difference.  Inform and educate the people you know about the importance of adopting their next pet at the local shelter or rescue.  Volunteer a few hours this month to petting and brushing cats and kittens, helping to bottle feed newborn puppies, or walking dogs.   Many shelters and rescues have a wish list or a list of items that the animals desperately need. 


You can donate any of the following items to your local shelter or rescue:

-Old sheets, blankets, pillow cases, towels, washcloths.

-Gently used pet toys, collars, leashes, bowls, litter pans, crates, carriers & scratching posts.

-Dog & puppy food, cat & kitten food, milk replacer.

-Paper towels, bleach, antibacterial soaps and cleaners.

-Scrub buckets, mops, sponges, scrub brushes.

-Unwanted pet related coupons.


Please take the time and read the following animal shelter
adoption stories written by your fellow SGM sisters and friends.




If you have a story to submit or if you have a page about an adopted Shelter pet, please take this banner and link it back to here so others can also read the benefits of Shelter Adoptions. 



From: The Animal Spirit

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