October 27th, 2006
Private and public shelters are filled with lost or abandoned pets. They are all hoping for a new, loving home. Unfortunately, most of these pets will not get a new home. This year eight million unwanted dogs will be euthanized/gassed in the USA. Save a life by adopting a pet from your local animal shelter.
Here are some excellent places to start looking for local pets.
- Petfinder.com allows you to search based on ZIP code, breed, age, size, and gender.
- The Broward County Humane Society generally cares for dogs and cats. Check out their website or give them a call at 954-989-3977.
- Abandoned Pet Rescue (APR) is one of the largest non-profit, no-kill animal shelters in Ft. Lauderdale. They house over 300 pets including dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, and iguanas.
- Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, in Palm Beach county, generally cares for dogs and cats. You can visit their website or call them at 561-686-3663.
- Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary & Hospital, in Jupiter, is a no-kill shelter open to the public. They generally care for dogs and cats. To contact them, please visit their website or call 561-747-1598
- Elite Greyhound Adoptions, in Loxahatchee, finds caring homes for retired racers and other greyhounds in need. Please visit their website or call them at 561-795-7072.
If you are thinking about adopting a dog, the American Kennel Club is an excellent resource. It has several sections you may want to read (before getting a dog), including; Are you ready for a dog?, The right dog for you, Finding your dog, and Being a responsible dog owner.
October is adopt-a-pet month, but there are many ways to help a pet in need. Shelters always appreciate donations and volunteers.
I hope you have a happy October and maybe a happy new pet.