Decisions, Decisions: The Best Place to Adopt a Pet

If you have made the decision to add a four-legged family member to your home, you may be wondering where the best place to adopt a pet is. Rescue? No-kill shelter? Craigslist? If you are looking to find another animal to add to your family, read West Park Animal Hospital’s guide to the best place to adopt a pet.

Adoption is Amazing

If you are thinking adoption, that’s great. Helping an animal in need is a wonderful, feel-good thing to do. Did you know that the ASPCA estimates that in the United States there are over 70 million stray cats alone? It has also been reported that as many as 5 out of 10 dogs and 7 out of 10 cats are euthanized simply because they are unable to find homes. Pet adoption is a choice you can feel good about.

If you are considering bringing a new pet into your home, it is first important to take the time to do a little research. Understanding what type of pet best suits your family will help to ensure a successful match.

Depending on where you choose to adopt, you may need to demonstrate your ability to be a responsible pet parent. Interested parties may need to fill out an application, provide references, and/or pay a small adoption fee.

Adopting a pet means providing a home and a chance to an animal that might not otherwise get one. In return, many adoptive pet owners receive a lifetime of unconditional love and appreciation.

Best Place to Adopt a Pet

There are many venues from which to adopt an animal, and there is no right answer when it comes to the best place to adopt a pet. There are pros and cons to whatever decision you might make. Consider the following:

  • Adopting from a regular shelter may save your choice from euthanasia.
  • Adopting from a no-kill shelter opens a spot for another animal and provides support for that facility to continue to operate. In some ways, this may save the lives of two animals.
  • Adopting from the newspaper or Craigslist can result in a pet with an uncertain background and medical status. It may also inadvertently support irresponsible pet owners and breeders.
  • If you are looking for a specific breed, a rescue may be the best option. Rescues can often give you a lot of information about a pet’s behavior and personality, since the pet likely already resides in a foster family’s household.

Ultimately, you should choose the pet that is best suited for your family, despite where he or she hails from. Being sure that your adoption choice fits your criteria makes it more likely that he or she will be a part of your family for a long time to come.

No matter what you decide, you are giving an animal who might not otherwise have a good chance at life a second shot. And that is something that we can all feel good about.