Adopting a pet to grow your family is one of the best ways for an animal lover to help spread their love. Luckily, there are a number of resources for finding your perfect pet match. Begin by learning about the various adoption options to determine which ones are most likely to result in the outcome you hope to achieve.
Where to adopt a pet
Pet adoption can occur in a number of different ways, and taking the time to understand how the process works for each one can help you along the way. Adoption options include:
Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
The world is too full of dogs and cats waiting for a home and many end up at local shelters or humane societies. While many pets can live out the rest of their lives in these locations, some shelters are overcrowded and can only provide temporary homes for a certain number of days. That’s why an animal shelter or humane society is a great place to start your search for a pet. If there’s one in your area, plan a visit. You can meet adoptable animals and learn about volunteer opportunities and special adoption events. A current resident might be just what you’re looking for.
The process: Shelters and humane societies often include an adoption fee that can range anywhere from $50 up to a few hundred dollars or more, but that usually includes the cost of a spay or neuter and shots. Before taking a pet home, you may be asked to answer questions or fill out paperwork to provide them with more insight into your lifestyle, time the pet will spend alone most days, the type of home/yard you have, additional pets you might have, etc. Some shelters require a home visit to ensure you’ve properly pet-proofed and are set up for your new family member’s arrival. For specific details about the process your local shelter or society follows, give them a call and ask.
Breed Rescue Groups
If you’re in the market for a specific breed, you may want to start your search with a breed enthusiast group or breed-specific rescue association. Before heading down this route, though, do your research to learn if the temperament and care requirements of the breed you’re interested in match your specific wants and lifestyle.