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Adopt a Shelter Animal

Updated on April 28, 2017

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Animal Shelters Are A Great Place To Find Your Special Friend

Open Your Heart & Home To A Pet In Need. There are so many lovable animals out there that for one reason or another don't have a home. The purpose of this lens is to create awareness about the needs of these shelter animals .

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month gives dogs in need more exposure, hoping that they will have a better chance of finding a loving, forever family. I'm also supporting Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.

photo credit: This photo was taken by me.

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day April 30

Open your heart and home to a pet in need! National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is observed each year on April 30. This day was created as a way to raise awareness for thousands of pets that are waiting for (and needing) adoption from the shelters.

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Consider Adopting A Shelter Animal

Adopt A Beautiful Animal From A Shelter - You would have fallen in love with Bailey

Bailey American Eskimo Dog
Bailey American Eskimo Dog

I fostered this beautiful 2 year old Eskie. She was so afraid at the shelter. But once she was comfortable in my home, she was a lovely girl. There are many beautiful animals available. Check them out.

How About Foster Care? - When adooption is not an option

If you are not able to give a forever home to a shelter dog, have you thought about foster care?

If you are interested in exploring this option, contact your local shelter (see the Petfinder link) to find Fostering opportunities.

Fostering means caring for an animal until a forever home can be found.

How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend

Once you adopt your dog, what do you do next? Here's a resource to help you have a good experience.

For nearly a quarter century, How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend has been the standard against which all other dog-training books have been measured. This is a new, expanded edition.

Some sat this book, along with The Art of Raising a Puppy, also by the Monks of New Skete, is one of the best books available for the dog owner.

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man.

~~Dali Lama

Help!! A Bad Economy Causes People to Give Up Their Pets

Can you help? Choose a Shelter Dog

In an economy where people are losing their jobs and having trouble paying their bills, some are forced to give up their pets because they can no long afford to care for them. Pet food and vet bills can be expensive.

This means that shelters which were already struggling to care for their animals are now being overwhelmed.

If you are wanting to bring a pet into your home, please look at the shelters.

Are you looking for a purebred? Shelters have those also! Want a puppy? The best dog I ever had was 5 weeks old when I took her home from the shelter. She needed some TLC immediately.

Adopting an Animal From A Shelter

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    • patinkc 4 years ago from Midwest

      @KatPalmer LM: Thanks for your post!

    • KatPalmer LM 4 years ago

      I have only ever had shelter dogs and it is the only kind I will ever have. After volunteering in shelters for years I have seen first hand how rewarding it is to adopt.

    • Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      We adopted two cats from a rescue and rehabilitation shelter a couple of months ago, and they're the greatest!

    • Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      The best dogs I've ever had have been adopted from shelters and rescues. They are awesome!

    • nightbear lm 8 years ago

      I have had many dogs from shelters. My baby I have right now, Isabel is from a rescue shelter. I highly recommend it.

    • Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Our present cats came from an Animal Shelter and they are precious and great pets.

    • estherjane13 lm 8 years ago

      We recently adopted and it's the best thing we've ever done! She's quite a handful but incredibly sweet natured.

    It's not my choice

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      What Do You Think About Shelter Animals? - I want to hear from you.

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          Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

          Wow Pat, this is cool; saw your message about national adoption weekend. Good way to get the word out. I posted twice in the duel, don't know if it took, but the tweet did! : )

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          Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

          Thanks for sharing this information and spreading the word about adopting dogs from shelters!

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          nightbear lm 8 years ago

          Great lens, Loved the subject and highly support shelter dog adoption. Thanks for your hard work.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Great lens love any lens that helps animals you are welcome to add this lens to http://www.squidoo.com/Dogs-1 It goes 100% to Humane Society of the U.S.5 stars for this great lens

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          Joan4 8 years ago

          Great lens and super idea! Will be fun to see all the doggie lenses in one place!

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Very nice lens with great doggie pictures and great information. Thanks for sharing and for the lr.

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          estherjane13 lm 8 years ago

          Great lens! 5* We recently adopted a dog from a shelter. She's adorable. I'd definitely recommend it.