Photograph by Allison Shamrell, owner of Allison Shamrell Pet Photography, brand new to the San Diego, California area.
What’s this unconditional love we speak of? The love you receive from a four-legged family member of course! If you’re in the market to make an addition to your family, we’d like to share with you some benefits, pointers, and upcoming events in hopes of helping you find your perfect match. We agree with The Humane Society that the following benefits are reason enough to choose adoption!
You’ll save a life!
Unfortunately millions of dogs and cats are euthanized each year because more pets are being given up to shelters than those getting adopted from shelters. This number can only be reduced if adoption numbers rise. In some cases, making the choice to adopt means that you’ll be saving two lives instead of one, the one you adopt and the space you make for another homeless animal to come into the shelter, allowing them a chance to be adopted too!
You’ll find a healthy pet!
Many people assume that animals in shelters are there because they were abused or have something wrong with them, when the reality is that most animals end up in shelters due to problems that their owners encountered (i.e. moving, divorce, lack of time or money). Most shelters give their animals thorough examinations, vaccinations, and some even spay or neuter. It isn’t uncommon for a shelter to also do behavior screening to ensure that you’ll be adopting a pet right for you.
You’ll save money!
Adopting a pet is much less expensive than buying one from another source whether it’s a pet store or breeder. And if you get a pet that’s already spayed or neutered, you’ll be saving that expense as well.
You’ll help in the fight against puppy mills and pet stores!
A few weeks back we shared our thoughts on puppy mills. We don’t agree with these profit driven dog-breeding operations for a number of reasons, most importantly being their shockingly inhuman treatment of animals. Because animals from puppy mill are often sold in pet stores, the only way to bring their practices to a halt is to stop purchasing animals from those retailers. By adopting, you can rest assured that you are in no way supporting these cruel practices.
You’ll feel better!Not only do pets give you unconditional love, but they also have the power to put a smile on your face and overall joy in your life. Pets have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial! They provide a sense of purpose and a form of companionship. In a sense, they can be good medicine for anyone’s well-being.
So now you’re probably wondering how to start the process. Well here are a few pointers from Petfinder that we thought would start you out on the right foot. Petfinder is a great resource and also offers excellent pointers on choosing the right pet once you’ve found the right shelter.
1) Search out and select a few nearby shelters. Use online resources or your local phone book to find nearby shelters or rescue groups. Depending on where you live, you may need to travel a few hours to find the right fit. We host adoptions each month at all three of our Southern California Muttropolis store locations, a great opportunity to meet your next four-legged family member. See details below.
2) Avoid shelters that use very similar, general descriptions for their dogs. Chances are these shelters probably don’t know the personalities of their pets very well.
3) Ask each shelter about their return policy. You want to find a shelter that will accept the pet back at any time for the remainder of their life. This shows that they are accepting full responsibility for each animal they come in contact with.
4) Ask each shelter about their adoption procedures. For many families it is important that every member is able to visit with the pet outside of their kennel. If you run into a shelter that does not allow this, take them off your list and move on to the next.
5) Ask each shelter about their criteria for determining which pets are ready for adoption. Reputable shelters do temperament testing to ensure that potentially dangerous pets are not available for adoption. If the shelter you visit doesn’t deem this important, you and your family could be at risk.
6) Attend a training class or two. Search out a trainer that you like who motivates dogs with treats, toys and praise. Trainers, and their clients, can be a great source for recommending shelters. If you encounter people who found their pet at a shelter, ask about their experience.
7) Look beyond a clean and/or new exterior when visiting shelters. A great team who truly cares for their animals is what you need to be looking for. Some old or rundown shelters are staffed with fantastic people and house great animals, but there are also shelters that are just as bad as they look. This goes for the new, clean and bright shelters as well. Some treat their animals and potential adopters well, but others are more a façade. Look for these things when you visit the shelters you’re considering, and don’t be fooled.
8) Have an open mind about the “kind” of dog you want. If you go to a shelter with a predetermined list of qualifications (age, breed, sex, size, color, etc) you may have a tough time finding that perfect match.
Are you a Southern Californian? Then you’re in luck! As mentioned previously, we hold adoptions each month at all three of our store locations. We partner with local shelters and rescue groups to do our part in saving as many lives as we can. So far this year we’ve had 15 pets adopted at our events, and last year we had 33. Now that doesn’t include those introductions that later led to adoptions, as we only have numbers for “on-the-spot” adoptions, but we are hopeful that more came from those initial introductions. We love to help how we can, so take a look at our upcoming adoptions listed below and if you’re in the market for a new pet, visit us soon!
Muttropolis La Jolla:
SNAP Adoption – Saturday, July 27th at 11:00am
SNAP Adoption – Saturday, August 31st at 11:00am
Muttropolis Solana Beach:
Four Paws Coonhound Adoption – Saturday, August 3rd at 12:00pm
Muttropolis Newport Beach:
Recycled Pets SoCal Adoption – Saturday, July 27th at 12:00pm
Recycled Pets SoCal Adoption – Saturday, August 10th at 12:00pm
For further details, please visit the Events page on Muttropolis.com, or find us on Facebook.