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.

Emily Elliott5 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...
Kendra 6 months ago
Being a First-Time Cat Owner
You can't shake a stick on the internet without hitting a cat. I never understood the mania behind cats. I understood the history behind one of man's domesticated friends, but I never had one. My pare...
Opal Lynn6 months ago
Your Child's First Pet
Getting a pet for your child is great! Their first best friend can have a positive impact. However, there are things you really want to think about!
Alicia Brunskill6 months ago
Adopting a Cat
When I adopted my cat Nellie, she was the first cat I had ever owned. I grew up with dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, goldfish, hamsters, and whatever else we rescued from the wild. As a child, I considere...
Brianna Summers6 months ago
The Truth About Working at a Shelter
When most people think about a shelter they think of the smell of dogs. The smell of feces and urine, loud barking, whining, and bowls clanking. Not my shelter. My shelter is good, clean, still loud a...
Desti Diaries6 months ago
The Power to Heal
2017 was the year that I found out that both of my grandparents were diagnosed with cancer. 2017 was also the same here I adopted Ino, but we will get into that in a second. Growing up I always wanted...
Zaria Reed7 months ago
Kittens are adorable. They're soft and playful and cuddly. Who wouldn't want one? I love cats and kittens, so I'm all for anyone else wanting one. However, there are some things people might not think...
Lori Brizius7 months ago
My New Best Friend
MY NEW BEST FRIEND Sometimes in life, we come across that one special being, that one amazing soul that loves us so deeply, so unconditionally, that we call them our “best friend.” Sometimes, that bes...
Kylie Jane7 months ago
A Dream Come True
We all love a heart-warming, animal rescue story. Giving an animal another chance at life or a better home is inspiring. All animals deserve to be loved and cared for. I like to think all pet owners s...
Nick Jimenez7 months ago
Don't Buy a Dog on Craigslist
This is a PSA within a story. My therapist was suggesting I get a dog to help with my anxiety of being alone. I brought this up to my mother and she agreed with the condition that the dog would have t...
Iggy Paulsen7 months ago
Best Pet Adoption Websites
When it comes to getting a pet, adoption should always be an option—it's just the right thing to do. By adopting a pet, you are saving a life of an animal that will become a loyal friend and a part of...
Janelle Hammonds8 months ago
A Dog's Dog
Baby May came into my life as Blueberry, a long haired Chihuahua that had been taken from an abusive home. Every noise scared her, the tiny little ball of black fur hiding in the back of her cage at t...
Jessye Gould9 months ago
An Adoption Journey
When my husband and I got married, we had talked about getting a kitten, but hadn't really given much thought to actually adopting a cat. We had visited a humane society many times, seen cats and kitt...
Renee P.9 months ago
Having a Pet
I have 5 pets. 3 cats and 2 dogs. And I swear if someone asks me one more time if I'm starting a farm, I'm going to say yes, and ask for a donation. Okay, not really, but seriously I don't ask you if ...
Jordan <39 months ago
Why Should I Adopt a Shelter Dog?
Hello! My name is Opal! I come from a shelter in a very small town. The shelter was okay, but definitely not what I wanted. I was happy to have what food I did, but it wasn't enough and I was malnouri...
Tina Collins9 months ago
Support Your Local Pet Rescue Charity
"I had no idea about puppy farms, I just fell in love with Alfie and handed over the money." Alfie (a golden cocker spaniel puppy), in his very short life, had to endure 29 visits to the Vet not forgetting the experience he had before Stacey fell in love with him. He died a month after she bought him. Please help close down Puppy Farms in the UK and overseas.
Victoria Gawlik9 months ago
Loving a Rescue Dog
The story of how we got Kenzo is both sweet and sad. He belonged to our neighbors. When we moved into the house across the road we would pet him through their high metal fence whenever we could and sm...
Elena Ansman10 months ago
Odin: A Dog's Story
I'm not too sure where I exactly came from, somewhere in the south I believe. I wasn't loved, didn't have a name, or a home. Soon my life was going to change for the better. Before I knew it I was bei...