You know how much I love my cats, HK and Coco. But did you know they are both shelter pets that we adopted? It’s so easy to make a local animal shelter or rescue group your first stop when you’re ready to complete your family by adding a furred friend to the mix.
You don’t have to take my word for it though – Garfield will tell you the same thing.
The sad truth is that thousands of animals are euthanized each year because they didn’t get a home in time. I think the misconception that rescue animals have a long history of abuse that makes them unloving as pets is so prevalent that people hesitate to check shelters first. I’m here to tell you, it’s just not true! Many unwanted kittens, puppies, surrendered dogs (often even pure breeds) are available for rescue from shelters. I can’t tell you how many times people comment how “lucky” we are to have found such special and beautiful cats at a shelter. As special, beautiful and unique as my two are, I am here to tell you that there are thousands more just as special and unique that won’t find their home because of the negative impressions that many people have about animals from shelters.
Does this look like a feral stray cat to you?
It’s true that HK (short for Hello Kitty) was found on the street, but she’s adapted to life indoors quite well.
Pets from a rescue can often be amazing additions to any family. Know someone considering getting a cat or dog? Send them to The Shelter Pet Project as their first place to look.
The Shelter Pet Project website will include a local search feature to let you explore available pets for adoption in your local area. You can also find local shelters and view the map locator in the “Find a Shelter” section. And for lots of information to help you on your adoption journey, visit the “Learn about Pet Adoption” section. There are even adoption FAQs to help you answer any questions you might have!