People are finally realizing that most animals are not at the shelter because of anything they did. Much more often animals come to the shelter because of people problems.
Late spring is prime adoption season. And why not? The weather is perfect. Kids and teachers are done with school. The days are longer for all of us. Late spring is a time for new beginnings. It just feels like the perfect time to bring home a new furry friend and start forming a lifetime bond.
These days more and more people are adopting their new pets from animal shelters and rescues. People are finally realizing that most animals are not at the shelter because of anything they did. Much more often animals come to the shelter because of people problems: the landlord won’t allow them, grandma was moved to a nursing home, a child has been diagnosed with allergies, the family is moving out of the country, someone lost their job and can’t afford to keep their pet, a caretaker died, or a person failed to provide basic care. So now this animal needs a second chance and you can be their hero.
When you adopt an animal from your local shelter, you get so much more than you pay for. It only costs $70 to adopt an adult cat and $85 for an adult dog. The canine adoption fee includes a Rabies shot, Parvo/Distemper vaccination, routine deworming, as well as the spay/neuter surgery. If you feel guilty about getting such a wonderful pet and so many veterinary services for such a low price, you are encouraged to leave an additional donation.
There are usually animals of all ages at the local shelter. Adults have a tougher time finding a home, which doesn’t make any sense to me. Mature animals are wonderful companions, especially if they already have basic manners and are housetrained. People sometimes think they need a baby (puppy or kitten) in order to develop a bond, but I think they give themselves (and the animals) too little credit. Humans make friends at any life stage, and so can dogs and cats.
We adopted our Lydia (rat terrier mix) when she was six years old, and she is now the most devoted of our three dogs. More than any other dog I have ever known, this one pays attention to me, always watching for signs of approval (and the occasional treat). It didn’t take her long at all to learn our routines and fit into the family. She is now the happiest little dog and such a joy to know. Did I mention that Lydia has never once destroyed anything or had an accident in the house? Or that she was an excellent (B+) student in her Doggy Obedience Class? We wouldn’t trade her for any puppy.
I don’t want to create unrealistic expectations. Your adopted cat or dog may make a mess or two. But my point is that older animals have the capacity to learn, they are usually done with their adolescent antics, and they have so much love to give.
There is much more information about adopting from your local shelter on our web page: www.adairhumane.org/adopt.html. Follow the link to our Petfinder page, where you can see pictures of some of the shelter’s adoptable animals. But new animals arrive every day. Your best bet may be to come on out to the shelter and take a look around. Who knows? Maybe you will meet your new best friend.