It seems like everyone is out looking for a purebred these days, keeping pet stores, and private breeders in business. However, not all of these top notch pets are suitable for the families that buy them. Far to often some wonderful, and expensive purebreds end up in local shelters. A large variety of problems can send a good pet to the pound. Maybe they just had potty training problems, or perhaps a family member developed allergies to the pet. It’s not always the animals fault, be they are often blamed.
Animal shelters estimate that 25% of surrendered, or unclaimed animals are in fact purebred. County run shelters, ASPCA, and other shelters charge a set adoption fee regardless of breed. I have seen a liter of Rag Doll kitties, that would sell for $600.00 and up each, available at the pound for $65.00 each. When I went to look for a dog their was a beautiful Small Terrier puppy who was only 12 weeks old, available for adoption for $75.00. And the best part is, your adoption free includes having the animal fixed, all of their shots, and county tags.
The ASPCA has a wonderful program that allows more uncommon pets to find new homes. There you can find hamsters, bunnies, cats, dogs, horses, chickens, goats, cows, and more. Again each category of animal has a set adoption fee, regardless of age or breed, and all animals are fixed, and up to date on their shots which is included in the adoption fee. Purebred pets aren’t the only pets that need good homes though, You might find a great mixed mutt, that’s actually a gem. You should never set your limits to just a purebred, as mutts make loving family members to.
Beware of private owned rescue shelters. Some breed rescue groups are legitimate, however many are not. There is more then a handful of private owned rescue groups that are only doing it for profit, and not for the well being of the animal. Make sure you research the group, before adopting from them.
If you have had an animal that for some reason you couldn’t keep, do not toss out your pet goods, Local shelters, like the ASPCA are always looking for donations of food, bowls, cages, toys, blankets, towels, and more. Receiving donations like these, minimize cost, which helps in keeping adopting fees low, and space availability for unwanted animals. The ASPCA does not put animals down, so they must rely on adopting them out as quick as possible, to make room for more. It seems like there is an endless supply of unwanted pets both purebred, and mixed. The selection of available pets in your local shelter changes from day to day. You should always give the shelter a look, before buying from a breeder, or store. Look at it this way, you will save money, and perhaps an animals life by adopting.