Animal overpopulation is a real threat, and one that strikes close to home. Pet owners take on an animal with the intentions of loving them, making them a part of the family, but not everyone has the animal’s best interest at heart. Neglect, abuse and abandonment have risen in large numbers in recent years, but this can be stopped. Animal shelters are there to help in an animal’s time of need, and can provide care that other owners may not be able to give.
If you’re thinking of adopting a dog or cat, try looking into a shelter animal from a local rescue center. Your local chamber of commerce will be able to provide you with information on where a shelter is, or you can simply try the phone book. A quick search online of animal shelters in your city and state can also shed light on where to find an animal to bring home. Consider what you want in a pet first, and make sure your family home can support the type of animal you’ll be adopting. Bringing home an animal is not something to be taken lightly, and must be done with love and support in your heart.