adoption

Our guide to animal adoption; learn why, where, and how to prepare to adopt a cat, kitten, dog or puppy from an animal shelter or rescue group.

Paige Wylde2 days ago
My Rescue Dog, Charlie
I took a job as a volunteer in a small dog rescue. I told myself I wouldn't take any of the dogs home. I did pretty well for a while, seeing the new dogs come in and out. Our dogs are a little differe...
Maya Villalobos4 days ago
Calling All Wannabe Pet Owners
So you want a pet, eh? Well, if you have the tiniest bit of uncertainty in getting a fur-ever friend, this article's for you! For you uncertain beings out there, here's some reasons why getting your b...
The Real Stories of Buying from Breeders
This story begins when I decided I wanted to add a special needs cat to my family of two cats, unborn child and myself. It was posted on Facebook that there was a blind pure bred Siamese kitten that n...
Animal Rescue12 days ago
Running an Animal Shelter
"It must be so hard for you," that's the phrase I hear the most. It is paired with "to see them get adopted and move on" Or "to review all these animals and see them when they are sick" most often, bu...
Jenae Perry16 days ago
How a Craigslist Puppy Changed My World
In the summer of 2016, one week away from my twenty-second birthday I was prematurely going through my mid-life crisis. On the outside looking in, everything was good. A newly purchased home, a career...
Kristen Knight18 days ago
Shelter, Store, or Breeder
When adopting a pet there are generally three options that people choose to go to: an animal shelter, a pet store, and breeders. There are pros and cons to each of these that should always be taken in...
Meghan Swanson19 days ago
I Didn't Rescue Him, He Rescued Me
I recently moved to Missouri, I left my entire life behind me back in Illinois and decided to start new. Goku, a golden lab, was put on Facebook from a family going through a divorce. Neither of them ...
Bailey Johnsona month ago
Why You Should Adopt Instead of Shop
You always hear people use the phrase "adopt, don't shop." I never truly understood why people said this so much because I never understood why there was any problem with purchasing dogs from breeders...
Christina Saavedra2 months ago
For the Love of Pitbulls
I grew up in an awesome home with a wonderful mother, who above all else taught me compassion for others. Over time this gradually turned into an obsession with fighting for the "underdog" in any situ...
Rachel Neave2 months ago
Tails of a Misunderstood "Fur Mama"
I should start by leveling with you dear reader. I am not maternal. Before you run for the hills, don't panic! This is not going to be some tear ridden diatribe about how hard my life is because I do ...
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Caitlin Cardinal2 months ago
Rats
Many people think one thing when they see a rat: ew! But, I want people to know what amazing pets they can be. Now, to start off, I am not saying to go find a rat that lives in New York sewers, becaus...
Jacqueline Hanikeh2 months ago
What to Know Before Adopting a Senior Dog
Adopting dogs in general is one of the more exciting events in life. You're basically bringing in another member to your lovable family! Dogs are the greatest (sorry, cat lovers), because they're lite...
Victoria Morris2 months ago
Why You Should (Really) Adopt
Have you ever wondered why so many dogs wind up in shelters? Many dogs you see in pet stores or at local dog breeders' homes end up being surrendered to shelters. So, why are we so drawn away from ado...
Charlotte Harvey2 months ago
Maya’s Second Family
Dear Reader, Hi. My name is Maya and I am two-years-old. I love long walks and chasing squirrels but I hate bath time and not being allowed upstairs. I thought that I would tell you about the time tha...
Shani Smith2 months ago
My Pit Bull Journey
In September of 2016 I decided it was time to move into my best friend's house. Along with me came my handsome cat, Niall, and my nine pound miniature pinscher, Sophie. Warmly welcomed into the new ho...
Kristian Romero2 months ago
Why I Spent a Saturday Being Craftsy for Animals I've Never Met
It was an oddly warm Saturday morning in September, and I was trekking to the same neighborhood that my 9-5 office was in. What was wrong with me? No, this had nothing to do with my career. This was s...
Kimberly Alcorn2 months ago
Adopt, Don't Shop
The age-old saying, "A dog is a man's best friend," is a saying for a reason. Dogs really are man's best friend. I mean, let's just admit it: dogs are freaking awesome!! In most cases, they're even be...
Emmeline Reader3 months ago
The Struggles of Fostering
If you are at a time in your life when you are not able to adopt an animal and make the commitment to stand with them for the rest of their lives, fostering is a good thing to turn towards. It allows ...