Adoption; The Humane Choice

It is the primary mission of every animal refuge to find a loving home for cats and dogs in desperate need of one. Could it be possible that your home is that loving home? Even a very comfortable shelter is no substitute for a warm home and an adoring family. While a responsible shelter that follows the policies of The Humane Society sees that all their animals are satisfactorily supplied for, these precious animals really need a safe and loving forever home with a pet parent who can give them the care and attention only a best friend can provide. As compassionate and competent as a shelter’s chosen volunteers may be, only a full time family can give an animal the necessary tender loving care such a social creature deserves.

This Is Why You Should Adopt

There are so many valid reasons to adopt a pet. This infographic will give you ten wonderful reasons to get your next pet at a shelter. The following reasons will hopefully convince you to help an animal in need by being a kind and responsible companion. An adoption counselor will work with you to help you find the perfect furry friend for life.

Adopting a dog from a shelter allows them to better look after the many more displaced animals that need their attention. Please, don’t support the kitten and puppy mills that exploit vulnerable animals. Save your money and a defenseless animal’s life by adopting. You may also persuade your family and friends to adopt. The more people who adopt pets, the fewer strays there are aching for a loving home. You’ll not only be helping an animal, you’ll be helping yourself by opening yourself to the experience of loving a creature who takes you just as you are.

Shelter Pets Are Good Pets!

Due to fostering and caring volunteers, shelter animals are socialized to accept that people are friends. These animals want more than anything to be your friend. On the occasion a shelter does get an animal with health or behavior problems, they should do all they can to solve this issue. Many people looking for a pet may have a preference for a pure breed. However, mixed-breeds tend to be more vigorous and long-lived, thus often displaying the best traits of all the breeds they’re descended from. Shelter animals get proper veterinary care, including spaying or neutering. As adorable as puppies and kittens are, it’s better for everyone if the population is kept in check.

People Who Adopt Pets Are Gracious And Magnanimous People!

America prides itself on being the land of the free, but its streets are no place for a dog or cat to roam about with no food, shelter or protection. We are a great nation because the people who live here are kind, charitable and benevolent. Won’t you please express your good will by adopting a cat or dog in need today? The animals and the people who care for them will thank you.

The Shelter Pet Project

Did you know that every year, of the 8 million dogs and cats that enter animal shelters, 3 million of these healthy and treatable pets are euthanized? It is such a sad statistic, you can read even more about the shelter pet statistics and why you should adopt a shelter dog here.

Luckily, The Shelter Pet Project hopes to change this! This new campaign, sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund, and the Ad Council, hopes to reverse this trend and find homes for these homeless, lovable pets.

The campaign has one unified goal, to increase pet adoption. They hope to reach the 17 million people who plan on getting a new pet this year, letting them know that shelters are the first and best place to find animal companions. The Shelter Pet Project has an awesome website with some great pet adoption resources, and you can easily search for your new best friend on The Shelter Pet Project homepage..

Here is one of the great PSAs that The Shelter Pet Project has out. You might even recognize the star of the video, Instagram famous rescue pup, Toast. Be sure to spread the word to all your friends, and let’s help make adoption the first option!

How can you help? Share this video with your friends. Like your local shelter or humane society on Facebook and share the adoptable pets they post. And of course, when you are looking for your own pet, please check shelters first!

Bunnies need forever homes too!

It’s not just dogs and cats that need to find forever homes, all sorts of pets, including bunnies, need homes!

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There is a great rescue in California that is working hard on behalf of bunnies, The Bunny Bunch. The Bunny Bunch was established in 1984, and is a non profit, no kill rescue and education organization run entirely by volunteers. Over the years they have rescued thousands of rabbits, mostly from high kill shelters.

Most of the rabbits they rescue come from shelters, sadly rabbits are taken to shelters everyday, mostly because people have bought them without learning about their care. A big part of the Bunny Bunch is education about the proper care of rabbits.

They even hold classes at both of their adoption centers in addition to off-site events throughout the year to educate the public.

They serve the southern part of California, so if you are in that area and looking for a bunny as a pet, please check with The Bunny Bunch first.

You may even have heard of a recent news story about the rescue of 135 rabbits that were being kept in the back of a U-haul truck. The Bunny Bunch currently has 24 of the rabbits, the rest are at Animal Control, and they are taking them in groups to their adoption centers as space permits. You can read more about it here.

Best Friends Animal Society Opens First Pet Adoption Center in New York

We are so excited to be “spreading the news”!! Best Friends Animal Society Opens First Pet Adoption Center in New York!

The SoHo Center will Raise Awareness for the Nearly 5,500 Dogs and Cats Killed Every Day in U.S. Shelters. The State-of-the-Art Space is Part of Best Friends Effort to Make the Country No-Kill by 2025.

NEW YORK, NY — Best Friends Animal Society has opened its first Pet Adoption Center in New York located at 307 W. Broadway in SoHo.

The national lifesaving concept space in New York City is designed to raise awareness for the nearly 5,500 dogs and cats killed every day in U.S. shelters and to engage people in the work Best Friends is doing to end the killing. The space is part of Best Friends effort to make the country no-kill* by 2025.

“Our new state-of-the-art Center in the heart of Manhattan will demonstrate to locals and visitors alike the problems and solutions facing our country’s homeless pet population,” said Gregory Castle, ceo and Co-Founder of Best Friends Animal Society. “We’ve planted a stake in the ground to take this country no-kill by 2025, but we can’t do it alone. Our hope is that visitors leave the Center with a new best friend and feeling inspired and equipped with the knowledge needed to achieve our mission.”

The Best Friends Pet Adoption Center will inspire and educate visitors from around the country via adoptable dogs and cats housed in a playful, gallery-style setting designed to help tell a story about the problems and solutions facing our country’s homeless pet population. It will also feature a round-the-clock kitten nursery to bottle-feed the most vulnerable homeless pet population. Similar to a real nursery, the neonatal unit has strict protocols to ensure the health of kittens who have been separated from their mothers before they are old enough to survive without them. At any given time up to 30 animals will be housed in the Center.

This no-kill concept space introduces a “cause cooperative” model, in which the center will showcase adoptable dogs and cats from nine local and regional nonprofit organizations, and the New York City-run shelter, Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC). Cooperation and coalition building is a core component for a community to achieve no-kill, and Best Friends is using the new center as a demonstration of collective impact.

Best Friends is launching the New York center in coordination with a new national initiative to lead the country to no-kill by the year 2025, which means that dogs and cats will no longer die in U.S. shelters due to an inability to find them homes. The center will serve as a physical demonstration of the huge progress and momentum underway to end the killing of dogs and cats in our nation’s shelters, and will invite visitors to become part of the lifesaving work.

*“No kill” is commonly defined as a “save rate” of 90 percent of the dogs and cats entering shelters.

Best Friends Animal Society
Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,800 rescue groups and shelters across the country; regional centers in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City; and the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals. Founded in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from 17 million per year to about two million. Best Friends is determined to get that number to zero by the year 2025. Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All.

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