Pet Adoption is a hot topic any time of the year, but now is the time to act! Tomorrow, July 23, 2016 is the second annual Clear the Shelters event! We got my cat
pest bro Bert at a shelter, lucky me! If you are looking for a pet, why not go to your local shelter tomorrow to adopt and support this initiative? Check the shelter list to find participating shelters near you!
Clear the Shelters started in 2015 with over 400 shelters nationwide participating, and around 20,000 pets being adopted on that one day! Participating shelters are partnering with NBC Owned Television Stations and the Telemundo Station Group. This program offers pets on this one day at no cost or very low discounted adoption fees making pets more affordable for everyone!
As you know, Bailie and I are adopted, but from very reputable breeders. At this point in Mom’s life it is the right thing for her as far as dogs go. Even so, Mom is totally for pet adoption. Mom’s first dog, Trine, was adopted as an adult dog and was a wonderful companion for over nine years. She wasn’t adopted through any special event, but she was still a wonderful dog, and one day Mom may adopt a shelter dog again if it is the right thing at the time.
Mom adopted three shelter cats in Germany, and when we moved back to the US, she opted to adopt shelter cats again. Lucky for us, Bert conned Mom into believing he was a nice boy who needed a home. What a paw full he has been these past eight years, and we paid full price for him! No matter, Mom would never bring him back. He does have his fun and cute sides. He was three when we adopted him, and we think he most likely was a street cat because of his crazy behavior.
Now Sophie is the ideal cat. She is just pretty, never bothers anyone, and is very sweet. She was around a year old when we adopted her. Actually, we adopted Bert and Sophie on the same day. Mom couldn’t leave Sophie as she was being picked on by other cats in the cat room. It took her some time to warm up to us, but the cat finally did come out of the bag.
Cousin Bowie lives with my Gramma. He too was an adult shelter cat she adopted. He was part of another adoption initiative a few years back. Bowie is a perfect companion cat for Gramma…they are like an old married couple, they have their issues, but they need each other.
I think adopting a pet from a shelter on Clear the Shelters Day is a wonderful idea, but if you are not looking for a pet at this time, what can you do? I have a few suggestions below, but I suggest you check with your local shelter first to see what needs they have.
- Donate some of your time to help out at your local shelter
- Donate food
- If you are crafty, make some blankets or toys for the pets in the shelter
- Offer your photography skills to photograph pets looking for homes
- Financial support is always appreciated
Good luck to all those pets looking for homes out there! I hope tomorrow is a happy day for thousands of pets!