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.

Jessye Gould2 months ago
Adoption Number Three
Well, folks, we've expanded our family again. We have another boy in our midst. He came to us by way of a family whose cat had kittens and they couldn't keep the babies. It was a spur of the moment de...
Laura Jelsma2 months ago
Animal Shelter Staff Worker
I used to work at an animal shelter. I know what you’re thinking, “you’re so lucky, you get to play with puppies and kitties all day.” If by playing you mean cleaning litter boxes, spraying out kennel...
Mollie Underwood2 months ago
Why You Should Actually Support 'Kill Shelters'
I know, I know... am I crazy?! Support places that murder healthy animals? It sounds ridiculous when you say it like that, but hear me out. First off, we need to dive into what a "kill shelter" even i...
Brandy Letourneau2 months ago
One day while I was at work, I received a text from my fiancé. It was a picture of a dog. When I asked whose dog it was, he replied with, "I found her on the side of the road and spent an hour trying ...
Paige Jones2 months ago
What Adoption Means to Me
Our Adventures with the Dog Who Chose Us
stacie johnsen3 months ago
The Love of a Rescue Pitt Bull
Everyone scrolls through Facebook when they are bored or have nothing to do, and I am no different. I tend to scroll through Facebook to see what everyone is doing that I grew up with or to see what d...
Kat Hertz3 months ago
She Picked Us
In September of 2016, my fiancé and I welcomed our very first 'fur child.' We, at the time, were renting the basement apartment of my future in-laws and, like children, we begged and begged to have a ...
Jlynn Sheaks3 months ago
Adopting a pet was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It was a great experience to be able to choose a pet that worked well with my children and me and to make sure that we found the right on...
Ericka deann3 months ago
The Best Day Ever
When I was 15 years old, my older sister decided to get a dog, while my childhood dog was 13 years old. My sisters and I needed a new companion to love when Clarabelle passes away. We begged my dad fo...
Clair Stevenson3 months ago
A Woman's Best Friend
In the UK in 2017/18 45 percent of us owned a pet, half of those being dog owners. Animals are an important part of our lives and families, but when they die our grief is treated differently than if w...
Austin Conour3 months ago
The Dog That Lived
As a normal college graduate would do, I was on the hunt for the perfect career... in Florida. My family and I are from Central Illinois and I grew up here so this was a big change. On a whim, I decid...
Lindsay Parks3 months ago
Signs Your Adopted Pet Was Abused (And What to Do About It)
Adopting a pet is a milestone in one's life. As exciting and rewarding as it may seem on the surface, it comes with great responsibility. Pet parents want nothing but the best for their animals and th...
Madison Shaw3 months ago
Cat and Dog
After school on February 1, 2008 when I was eight years old, my family and I went to the animal shelter next to my house to look at the cats and possibly adopt one that day. When we walked in, we ente...
Corinne Blossfeld3 months ago
Humane Society
I one hundred percent want you to save an animal's life, and by no means want you to stop going to humane societies to find a new family friend. Their background checks are fairly good and you can be ...
Megan MacNeil3 months ago
A Stray Miracle
One day old Moo Man.
Kendall Cardoza3 months ago
Pet to Family—Is Yours Ready?
Pets are easily the greatest addition to a family, but are you ready for one? A pet is something to grow with you and your family, not something to be cast off when it gets too big or you no longer ha...
Alexa Marvel3 months ago
Pet to Family - Are You Ready?
I remember the day he came; my sister screamed in surprise for it was a dream come true for her. After years of her deliberation, she got what she wanted—a dog. He was smelly since you know it is impo...
Emily Elliott3 months ago
It Was "Meant to Be!"
For months my wife and I had been eagerly waiting for a puppy that we had put a deposit on earlier that year. That January, we had found a breeder for Alaskan Malamutes near Seattle, Washington. She h...