Looking for a new pet?
January 9, 2013 in Uncategorized
In the market for a new pet? Before you go to a pet store or breeder, please search Petfinder.com and consider adoption. There are more than 300,000 pets in shelters around the country, and not just dogs and cats. Horses, pigs, goats, birds, lizards, snakes, rodents of all kind. You name it, and odds are pretty good you can find it in a shelter or with a rescue group. Don’t want a mixed breed? Not a problem. Almost every breed of dog or cat you can imagine has a rescue group. Some have issues that need to be addressed, but most of those are minor. Maybe they don’t get along well with small children, but if you have no small children or can keep them in another room when children visit, that wouldn’t be an issue for you. Maybe they snapped at someone for reasons that seemed reasonable to them, like my Lhasa Apso mix who came to me because she snapped at a small child who loved her too hard. She actually loves children, but will let them know if they get too rough. Some have been abused and just need to be loved and taught not all people are bad. I fostered a Shih Tsu/Brussels Griffon mix who’s chin had been broken by the breeder she was rescued from and she was terrified of people – I think understandably so. She found a loving home though, and from all indications is doing very well. Many have just been surrendered by their owners, due to relocation or divorce or illness or just lack of interest, and will make wonderful pets for the lucky person who gives them a chance. Being in a shelter doesn’t mean an animal is a problem. Sometimes it just means they’re homeless and looking for love.