As I was scrolling through my newsfeed today a photo of a black lab with his nose buried in the corner of a concrete room caught my eye and tugged at my heart. I read the following words: “This guy yesterday morning woke up happy on a couch or in a warm bed, waiting to be fed, hopped in the car thinking he was going to the park or if it was a bad day he was going to the Vet,” the rescuer said. Instead, the pup was dropped off at the shelter and terrified.
For the past 20 years, Petfinder has worked diligently to ensure pets like Cash, above, find their forever homes. More than 25 million pets and millions of pet parents can claim that they #MetOnPetfinder since the site was established in 1996 – that’s an average of 1.2 million pets per year who have found their forever homes via Petfinder.
5 Reasons You Won’t Regret Adopting Your Next Pet From A Shelter
1. Because you’ll save a life.
As a pet owner, we know that our furbabies are one in a million. But shelter pets are more than one a million. They’re actually 1 in 3 million – the number of adoptable dogs and cats that are euthanized each year because they’re not adopted in time. When you adopt, you’re saving the life of your new family member and you’re opening up shelter space for another animal who might need it.
2. Because you’ll get a great animal.
The majority of pets wind up in shelters through circumstances beyond their control. Their humans move, have a change in their economic status or marital status not because the animals did something wrong. They’re healthy, happy and waiting to be adopted.
3. Because it’s economical.
When you adopt a pet the fee you pay often includes vaccinations, a vet check-up, microchipping and the cost of spay/neuter. Additionally, when you adopt a purebred pet the adoption fee is often far less than what you would pay for the pet in a market.
4. Because it saves time.
Adopting a puppy requires a huge time commitment with house training, chew training, and other basic obedience training. Many of the pets in shelters and rescues are already house trained!
5. Because PetFinder makes it easy!
Petfinder encourages more people to consider adoption when adding a pet to their family. By removing barriers within the adoption process, Petfinder’s goal is to make the pet adoption process easier by connecting people with pets.
On Aug. 29, Petfinder is launching its #MetOnPetfinder 20th anniversary celebration. They’re asking pet parents, pet lovers and pet advocates to watch the #MetOnPetfinder video and help them reach one million views by Oct. 24.
If they their one million view goal, Petfinder will donate $200,000 benefitting 20 shelter and rescue members, each receiving a $10,000 grant from the Petfinder Foundation. These grants will help the 20 selected shelter and rescue members to continue to transform the lives of pets in their care, as well as cultivate more lifelong relationships.
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