Sometimes, adopting a pet can feel like a challenge. You may wonder why we have applications, meet and greets, potential home visits, and more. Put yourselves in our shoes... if you have witnessed the cycle of free pets, breeding, and rehoming, wouldn't you want to try to do right by the pet, too? We have worked with thousands of scared, abandoned, and abused pets and we want the best possible outcome for them. Remember, the "challenge" you feel, is all for the benefit of the pet.
When you adopt a pet from a shelter or a rescue, you are saving two lives. You save the life of the pet you adopt, plus you create space for another pet in need to be rescued. We have a serious overpopulation of pets and an not enough safe and responsible homes for them. People who irresponsibly breed pets with insufficient care are known as backyard breeders. Backyard breeders are a major reason pets end up dumped, abused, ill, and even dead. When you adopt, you are not giving backyard breeders business and taking away their incentive to continue breeding. Adoption from trusted shelters and rescues also ensures that pets aren't coming from puppy mills or some pet stores, where pets are repeatedly bred for profit in horrid conditions.
"Free" is never really free. That "free" pet you obtained, no matter the source, still needs care. Pets are a financial commitment. They are never free. You have to pay for vet care, essential items, and more. Still think taking in a "free" pet is better than paying an adoption fee? Let's break down that cost below.
This this is unrealistic? Try again. Cats need...
These costs add up quickly!
Doesn't sound right to you? Think about this. Dogs need...
This pup isn't sounding so "free" anymore!
Shelters and rescues will do all they can to provide initial vet care for a pet. The application process is worth it once you find your perfect furry friend. The adoption fee is just a fraction of what you would pay when starting off on your own.
ADOPT, DON'T SHOP.