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Homeless, lost or abandoned animals in Shelters - October is adopt-a-pet month

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There's a cat or dog just right for you at your local animal shelter.

  • Oct 9, 2009
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Did you know that October is Adopt-A-Pet month?  If you have never adopted an animal from your local animal shelter then you are missing out on one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. 

About a year and a half ago we had to put down our cat following complications from dental surgery.  We were heartbroken and as you might expect our initial reaction was that we did not want another cat.  But about a week later a woman at work told me about a website called petfinder.com.  I reluctantly went online and within minutes I found a cat at the city pound that looked an awful lot like the all white cat "Sugar" that we had just lost.   I e-mailed the photo and description of this cat to my wife and before the day was out were the happy owners of a new cat.  According to the online description this cat was a one year old male.  The ad mentioned that the cat known at the pound as "Snowball" had been there for four months was "very lovable" and "could not understand why nobody chose him to take home".  This fact tugged at our heartstrings and was one of the main reasons why we ultimately selected him.  The city pound charged us $10.00 for the cat and we had to agree to take him to a local vet to for shots and to be neutered if necessary.  That would cost around $60 or $70 but we were OK with that.  There is nothing quite as satisfying as liberating an animal from a 2" x 5' cage.  This cat was quite active and seemed to get into everything when we got him home so we named him "Rascal"

Several weeks later we took the cat to the vet as agreed and were surprised to learn that this was actually a two year old female who had already been spayed!  Seems like the shelter had it all wrong but by now we did not even care.  "Rascal" had settled into our home and our lives and has been a barrel of fun ever since.  And in this case we found that the name "Rascal" was just as appropriate for a female cat. We would do the same thing all over again if we ever find ourselves in a similar situation.

I guess the moral of this story is that if you have never considered adopting an animal from a shelter you should seriously consider it.  The supply of homeless animals seems to be an ongoing problem that you can help to solve.  Again, rescuing a pet is one of the most satisfying things you will ever do. Since October is Adopt-A -Pet -Month this would be ideal time to bring one of these lovable creatures into your home. You won't regret it!

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December 21, 2009
I'm glad that you are advocating adopting shelter pets. That's a wonderful way to utilize Lunch's potential.
October 29, 2009
I didn't know I participated in Adopt-A-Pet-Month! I adopted a puppy from a shelter last week. I kind of had the similar experience as you, in that the puppy is female, but named Harold. LOL. She is lovely.
October 09, 2009
You know I couldn't not love this review :) well written and wonderful to read - thanks for giving the furry little homeless guys a voice! I know how rewarding it is to save a pet from the shelter and hopefully this month will inspire more people to do so :) My sister actually rescued a puppy just the other weekend and she's a doll! Rascal is a cutie and she'll love you forever for getting her out of the 2' x 5'!
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Quick Tip by . October 12, 2009
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An animal in a shelter facility that houses homeless, lost or abandoned animals; primarily a large variety of dogs and cats. These animals are kept at the shelter until they are either reclaimed by an owner, adopted to a new owner or placed with another organization.
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