Adopt a Pet
Wonderful animals are looking for a second chance at a great life. Save a life, adopt a shelter or rescue pet!
- Are you ready to adopt a dog? Here are some things to consider when contemplating this life-changing event
- Are you ready to adopt a cat? Petfinder helps you figure out if you are ready!
- What can you expect once you have decided to adopt from a shelter?
Shelters and Rescues: Your Partner in Finding a Great Family Pet!
Why adopt from a shelter or a rescue group? Because it saves lives! Whether you are looking for a puppy, kitten, dog, cat or a purebred pet (maybe even a turtle or a ferret?), shelters and rescue groups have the best selection of animals anywhere. Most rescue and shelter pets are already spayed and neutered. Check out these facts from the Humane Society of the United States:
- 6–8 million pets end up in shelters each year; half of those will probably not be adopted.
- 25 percent of pets in shelters are purebreds. Breed-specific rescue groups always have purebred dogs and puppies looking for new homes!
- Most pets end up homeless through no fault of their own—”moving” and “landlord issues” are the top reasons people give for relinquishing their pets, meaning shelters and rescue groups are full of wonderful, family-ready pets.
- Pets adopted from shelters and rescue groups typically cost less than pets purchased or even acquired for free—once you add in the cost of vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, microchip, dewormer, and other “extras” included in your adoption fee, you’ll probably be surprised what a bargain an adopted pet really is!
- Most shelters and rescue groups conduct through behavioral analysis of each pet to ensure that they will be the right fit for your family, dramatically improving the chances your new pet will fit right in.
- Shelters and rescue groups can provide advice on making your relationship with your pet the best it can be for the rest of his or her life, so you’ll never have to go it alone!
Adoptable Pets in Our Area
- The Shelter Pet Project, launched in 2009, is a public service ad campaign focused on spreading the word that pets in shelters are wonderful and lovable, and encouraging potential adopters to consider the shelter as the first place to look when acquiring a “new best friend.”
- Adopt a Pet, North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website
- Petfinder for adoptables in our area (shelters and rescues)
- Pennsylviana SPCA
- Montgomery County SPCA
- Brandywine Valley SPCA
- Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia
Now That You Have Adopted, What Are You Waiting For?
When is the right time to bring your newly adopted pet to meet the vet? Unless you are bound by a breeder agreement that specifies you must bring your new pet to the vet within a specific timeframe, we recommend that you make an appointment for a new pet exam within the first week of bringing him or her home. It may help for them to have a few days to settle in so that you can get to know them a little before we meet them.
During the first vet visit for your new pet, we will review the vaccination records and deworming history (if there is one) that you brought with you. This will help us determine when your pet’s vaccinations are due or if any booster vaccinations are required. This visit also helps us determine if there are any health issues we should be concerned about (like congenital issues, hernias or heart defects to name a few). If you bring a stool sample (try your best to bring one to the first visit!), we will check for parasites which can be quite debilitating to young animals. We also look them over for external parasites (fleas, ticks, mites). One of the best things you can bring with you to your new pet visit is questions. What has you concerned? What topics do you need more information on? We have so many things to talk about during new pet exams, but if you have specific things you have questions about, please ask away! It will benefit us both!
So what are you waiting for? Call us today to schedule that new pet exam!