Shelter Pets

EnChAnTiNg EnChAnTiNg
Growing up I always had many pets in my home, from dogs and cats, to birds and lizards. I love animals of every kind. I work very hard to raise money for my local animal shelters, and I even try to adopt animals who many people overlook in the shelters. Many people shy away from shelter pets because they feel they are getting someone else's problem, or that the breeds in the animal may be dangerous (which I can understand for people who have children in their homes). Usually, this is not the case, and the pets usually make fantastic additions to any family.

What are your feelings on shelter pets, and do you own, or would you ever adopt a shelter pet?
01/24/2012
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Before we had our current animals show up and 'move in' with us, we got a couple cats from the shelter. I would much rather either adopt a stray or shelter pet than get one out of the paper or buy one! A lot of the time, someone had to move and could not take their pet, the owners die or get ill and they are friendly strays. The nonfriendly ones unfortunately get put to sleep.
01/24/2012
wdanas wdanas
The shelter is our first choice for adopting cats, though our last two showed up as strays and moved in all on their own. Cats are like that.

We do prefer to adopt older cats; kittens are cute, but no one ever wants the adults, and it's nice to know what you're getting into as far as temperament goes. Either way, the fact a shelter cat comes already neutered, tested for diseases, and vaccinated is a big plus. The adoption fee is pretty small compared to what you'd be paying to have your vet do all that.
01/24/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by wdanas
The shelter is our first choice for adopting cats, though our last two showed up as strays and moved in all on their own. Cats are like that.

We do prefer to adopt older cats; kittens are cute, but no one ever wants the adults, and it's ... More
I always hear about these mysterious animals that come to new owners from shelters spayed, neutered and vaccinated---they don't do that in my county. You have to do it yourself (as in it take it to a private clinic), then provide proof within 30 days of the adoption that the animal was fixed and vaccinated or go to jail. I'm not even kidding and I so wish I was.
01/24/2012
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
I love the idea of shelter animals and we had a few while I was growing up, but they make it so difficult and so much work that it makes going to a breeder seem like a better idea. It's horrible to say, but it's true. I don't even care about purebreds, I like mixed breeds just fine but the shelters here are obnoxious.

They run background checks, do several home visits, go through a long and tedious application process, and request vet references. I've never had a dog as an adult that was licensed as belonging to me (we got our last dogs when I was a teen so technically they belonged to my mother) and I can't get a shelter to give me a dog because I have no vet to reference. They also charge, in many cases, as much as a private breeder ($250-500).

I wish they didn't make it so difficult because it seems unfair to the animals - I'm being denied dogs I can and would provide a great home for but they complain about people going to breeders and pet stores and having to put dogs down because the shelters are full. It seems entirely counter productive to me. Strangely they're much less picky when it comes to adopting out cats but I'm allergic to them.
01/24/2012
PassionQT PassionQT
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Originally posted by EnChAnTiNg
Growing up I always had many pets in my home, from dogs and cats, to birds and lizards. I love animals of every kind. I work very hard to raise money for my local animal shelters, and I even try to adopt animals who many people overlook in the ... More
We always adopt animals from a shelter or rescue. No way am I going to pay the exorbitant prices for a purebred. I mean, if that's what you want, go for it. I'd just rather save a life. Our shelter dog just turned 12 (she's a mix) and although she has slowed down in some respects, she still has plenty of energy. Both of our rabbits were rescues too that we adopted from a rabbit rescue in my area. We were able to foster them first to see if we all got along before adopting them. Even though they were few years old, they were litter box trained and neutered/spayed..adopt ion was only $50 each. That's a good deal to save a life!

I hear what Tori is saying though. My cocker (now deceased) was supposedly 3 years old when we got her. She had tons of medical problems that the shelter didn't tell me about and the vet told me she was probably more like 5 or 6 years old. She'd been through hell though, so we kept her.
01/24/2012
kz916 kz916
If we had the space yea we would shelter animals.
01/24/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
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Originally posted by Ansley
I always hear about these mysterious animals that come to new owners from shelters spayed, neutered and vaccinated---they don't do that in my county. You have to do it yourself (as in it take it to a private clinic), then provide proof within 30 ... More
Wow, I've never heard of that! Around where I live, shelters either spay and neuter their animals in advance or do it for a fee upon adoption. :O Some even do vaccinations and microchipping while they're at it!

My kitty came from the S.P.C.A., and I couldn't be happier with her. Even if she's a bit bratty at times, usually she's incredibly sweet and well-behaved, and I could never understand why someone would have given her up. She's an excellent example of how shelter pets aren't "lost causes" as the thinking seems to be.

At work when anyone comes asking if we sell cats, dogs, ferrets, or rabbits (which we don't - and I kind of wish we didn't sell animals at all) I tell them that it's better to either go to a shelter or find a breed rescue (or a responsible breeder, but those can be tough to find with all the puppy mills in the surrounding counties). Most don't seem to care about what I say, but I'll keep saying it. I always hope people will check out shelters in their search for their new best friend.
01/24/2012
Taylor Taylor
I have one dog I got from a rescue organization (not a shelter) and the other one we found while we were camping in yellowstone. We took the one we found to a shelter, but then adopted her a few days later since the owner didn't come get her. She had no tags or microchip so there was no way to hunt the owner down. I sometimes feel bad that I may have taken someone's pet, but the shelter said they would have only been able to keep her a few days.

I've never run into problems adopting dogs from shelters, but maybe it's because I've always had one. It's always been a good experience for me, so I imagine I will stick with adoption when I get a pet.
01/24/2012
CoffeeCup CoffeeCup
All my cats have come from rescue organizations. Except the one that I adopted from a friend who could no longer keep him.

It makes me feel good to know I've given them a happy life they might not have had, otherwise.
01/24/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
If I wanted to get another pet, I'd see if any friends had kittens they needed to find homes for. If no one I know does, I'd go to a shelter and rescue one.
01/24/2012
potstickers potstickers
I'd prefer to get a pet from the pound than anyone. If I were looking for a specific dog for a purpose (like wanting a breed with a good temperament, etc), I'd seek out a reputable breeder, not some pet store animal or puppy mill.
01/24/2012
Sammi Sammi
Our first dog we got from a shelter when she was 10 months old, and she was wonderful - we lucked out when we had kids that she was really tolerant of them (she had been badly abused and used to freak out when you'd turn on the water, even if it was no where near her like the sink or something). When she died and our kids were still pretty young, we went to a breeder for the two we have now, as we thought that was safer. Once the kids are older, if we get any more dogs we'd look at a shelter first, but we'd consider other options as well.
01/24/2012
wetone123 wetone123
I always get my pets from a shelter or rescue. Some have been abused and take some time to recover, but I enjoy working with and seeing that pet enjoy life again and trust. Shelter pets are the best and you save their lives if no one wants them. My latest dog came from a shelter, was abused and you would never know he was the same dog now.
01/24/2012
BobbiJay BobbiJay
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Originally posted by EnChAnTiNg
Growing up I always had many pets in my home, from dogs and cats, to birds and lizards. I love animals of every kind. I work very hard to raise money for my local animal shelters, and I even try to adopt animals who many people overlook in the ... More
I have 2 shelter puppies. I will only ever get them from a shelter.
01/24/2012
Chirple Chirple
My first cat was rescued, but not from a shelter. My second cat came from the local humane society (she was 3 years old).

She's a sweetheart and loves tummy rubs and scritches.

At that humane society, the adult cats are spayed/neutered and given their shots.

For kittens, if they are not old enough, you're expected to bring them back for the procedure and I think they give you a voucher for some amount off the cost of the surgery.

I'm not sure about the dogs, I've never gotten one from a shelter. First two dogs my family had were abandoned by their previous owners (one was living in the empty house they'd moved out of, yeah). The third dog was one someone couldn't keep.


They had me fill out some paperwork and went over it with me - things like expectations, if there were other pets, that kind of thing. They have you bring the cat to a vet within two weeks, and if you don't have a vet they will give you a very long list of vets they work with, some who provide the initial exam for free.
01/24/2012
wdanas wdanas
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Originally posted by Ansley
I always hear about these mysterious animals that come to new owners from shelters spayed, neutered and vaccinated---they don't do that in my county. You have to do it yourself (as in it take it to a private clinic), then provide proof within 30 ... More
I've heard of some very rural places having horrible policies like that in place, but it's still absurd. Talk about a way to lower your overall adoption rate. Very sad for those poor animals.

Though in our area, even if we did have that sort of policy when adopting from a shelter, there are low-cost spay/neuter programs and vaccine clinics for people to make use of. It would be nice of more areas had that available to them.
01/24/2012
True Pleasures True Pleasures
I'm too much of a clean freak to adopt a pet, but I most certainly would get one from a shelter. The family cat was actually a stray from a family that left him. He mooched around everywhere and, once we found out what happened, we took him in. Unfortunately, he passed some time ago. If my parents ever adopt in the future, I'm sure they'll go to a shelter.
01/24/2012
(k)InkyIvy (k)InkyIvy
I'm such a softie for animals, I want to adopt them all. For a while, my partner thought that a vet tech or something like that would be the perfect job for me, then he realized that I'd adopt all the animals myself!
Shelter animals are such sweeties! We have had a few. One was abandoned just because he had cherry eye! The shelter was able to pay for the corrective surgery, but the original owners couldn't be bothered. I adopted him and he grew up to be fat and happy.
01/24/2012
indiglo indiglo
We VERY much believe in rescue/adopting. Would never consider getting a pet anywhere else.

Even for those who really, really want purebred dogs - there are rescue groups for almost every breed if you just google it. I have friends that rescue retired Greyhounds - what wonderful pets those make.

Anyway, yes, as many have already said, my heart belongs to rescue as well!
01/25/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
I would only get a pet from a shelter/rescue, not a pet store or breeder. There are too many animals who need homes and, unfortunately, being killed in shelters every day. Until people stop breeding irresponsibly and letting their animals run around and procreate, there will always be more pets than homes.
01/25/2012
Elnoa Elnoa
For me, it's not about convenience or price, it's about ethics. To me, rescuing an animal is just the right thing to do. If that means adopting from a small shelter that is sometimes "difficult to work with" due to the interview process, occasionally getting an animal with behavioral or health problems, or getting the occasional case of ringworm, so be it.
01/25/2012
kendra30752 kendra30752
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Originally posted by EnChAnTiNg
Growing up I always had many pets in my home, from dogs and cats, to birds and lizards. I love animals of every kind. I work very hard to raise money for my local animal shelters, and I even try to adopt animals who many people overlook in the ... More
Some of us have been trying so hard to get a shelter in our area! It is so sad! People dump animals at our house SOOO often! We had a sweet dog dumped on us about one month ago. She looks like Marilyn Manson! She's so cute and sweet, but we can't keep adopting everyone's dogs. I truly despise a person who's so lazy that they'd dump off an animal when they don't want it! Our last kitty came from the fourth of July. She was dumped on us before she was even old enough to be away from her mom. All of our pets and we've had tons have been dumped out! Right before winter, a little dog was dumped out and our neighbors found it a home. It's sad. It's a problem in my area and there are only a few of us who will take them in. I keep a bag of dog food in my car because we come across animals dumped out in our area SO often. It's almost daily that we see a cat wandering for food in town. It breaks my heart. We've even had a kitty get in the car with us after we fed her at the grocery store! Lol.

I understand not taking in dangerous animals. I personally would never have a pit bull around my kids, but I'm paranoid. However, we take in just about any animal that's dumped and we're looking for a home for Miss Marilyn Manson now. We had one person want her, but he didn't seem like he cared very much for her so I said no. It's awful how animals get treated!

I never go out and get a "new" pet. We take in homeless ones instead. We also have our pets spayed and neutered to prevent millions of pets that none of us could afford. I have no problems adopting a "used" pet. Shelter or not, I'd do it!
01/25/2012
GONE! GONE!
I've adopted shelter pets before, yep.
01/25/2012
kendra30752 kendra30752


This is our Marilyn Manson. She was peeking through our porch rails! Isn't she unique?!
01/25/2012
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