January 24th is National Change a Pet’s Life Day. It’s a day dedicated to raising awareness about animals living in shelters and the things you can do to help change their lives, such as donating your time or money to local shelters and choosing to adopt rather than shop.
When you adopt a pet from an animal shelter instead of purchasing a pet from a breeder, you not only save the pet you bring home from the possibility of euthanasia but you also create a space in the animal shelter where another stray animal can find shelter, food, care, safety, and the possibility of adoption.
Shelter animals are typically a little bit older which means you likely won’t encounter any surprises when it comes to your pet’s health or demeanor. While shelter pets tend to be a little shyer and more reserved in the shelter, shelter employees typically have a pretty good feel for a pet’s personality and needs.
The fees for adopting a cat or dog from a shelter are almost always way less expensive than the cost of purchasing a pet from a breeder. Additionally, these fees usually include the pet’s initial veterinary care such as parasite preventatives, spaying or neutering, vaccinations, and any other necessary procedures.
When adopting a pet from an animal shelter, you can be certain that the adoption fee you pay is going toward a good cause (i.e. the care of animals in the shelter). As a result, you can be sure your money isn’t supporting an unethical breeding facility such as a puppy mill.
Animals that come from shelters truly love and appreciate the care, companionship, and love they receive in their forever homes.
If you plan to change a pet’s life and bring home a shelter animal, we encourage you to establish your new pet’s care at Olive Branch Pet Hospital. We offer comprehensive care in addition to a variety of affordable wellness plans designed to meet the needs of puppies, kittens, and adult pets of all ages. To learn more or schedule your new pet’s first appointment, we welcome you to contact our Olive Branch Pet Hospital today.