National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day was created as a way to raise awareness for thousands of pets that are waiting for and needing forever homes and is observed on April 30.
Millions of companion animals enter thousands of shelters across the country each year. Only a portion of those animals will be adopted into new homes; many will be euthanized.
These animals are in the shelters by no fault of their own. They aren’t damaged goods, unfriendly or unlovable.
The main reasons animals enter a shelter are because they were found as strays and brought in by law enforcement or citizens, they were rescued from animal cruelty situations, or they were surrendered by their owners.
Adopting a new pet requires a lot of forethought because the animal will have wants, needs and feelings that have to be taken care of to ensure everyone is happy and healthy.
Take time to think about what is important for you and your future pet.
Take into consideration when you decide to bring a pet home that energy level and overall behavior can vary due to breed, age and the different experiences the animal has been through.
If you are ready to adopt visit your local shelter to meet and get to know the animals that are available for adoption.