Did you know that if just 10% of the families who plan to get pets in the next year choose to adopt, all the dogs and cats currently entering shelters will have homes? You could help make a big difference!
“Most pets end up homeless through no fault of their own … meaning shelters and rescue groups are full of wonderful, family-ready pets,” writes Kenny Lamberti, acting vice president of the companion animals department at The Humane Society of the United States in an email.
Rescue pets are every bit as cuddly, lovable, and ready to fit into your home as any animal out there. And, says Lamberti, “whether you want a dog, cat, rabbit, parakeet or hamster, shelters often have the best selection of animals anywhere.”
See for yourself: Use The Shelter Pet Project’s site to find adoptable dogs and cats or shelters near you and see who’s out there looking for a new home. (And even if you’re not ready to adopt, lots of shelters need fosters and volunteers, so there are plenty of ways to help out.)