Millions of healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized every year simply for a lack of a home. When you adopt your pet from a shelter or reliable rescue group like us, you’re giving a deserving pet a loving home, saving them from euthanasia or worse.
Pets have a way of putting a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but research confirms that pets provide us humans with psychological, emotional, and physical benefits. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment as well as lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups. Simply put, pets aren't just good friends; they're also good medicine and can improve a person's well-being in many ways.
Our adoption fees include the pet being up to date on vaccines, spay/neutered, current on preventatives and micro chipped. The cost for Spay/Neuter alone is more at most veterinary clinics than our adoption fee! This means that you get a healthy pet for less money!
When an animal is brought into our foster program, we examine, vaccinate, spay or neuter and microchip all of our pets prior to adoption. We also provide any additional medical care that is needed. In addition to medical care, we also screen animals and potential adopters to match specific temperaments and behaviors to make sure each family finds the right pet for its lifestyle.
It is a common misconception that animals end up in shelters or with rescue groups because they've been abused or done something "wrong." In fact, most animals are given to shelters or rescue groups because of "people reasons" like a divorce, a move, lack of time, and financial constraints are among the most common reasons pets lose their homes… not because of anything they've done.
Because our adoptable pets live with humans in loving foster homes, when you adopt a pet from the Somerset-Pulaski County Humane Society, it may be house or litter box trained when you receive it. Cats may or may not be trained to avoid counters and tabletops. Many dogs are leash trained (or in the process of learning about leashes) and/or have learned some basic commands or even tricks while in their foster home!
If you choose a dog that is 1+ years old, you also already know their full grown size, which can be hard to guess in mixed breed puppies!
When you adopt from us, their foster parent will have gotten to know the personality and temperament of the animal they have been caring for, and will be able to share that information with you.
Puppy mills are "factory style" breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Most animals raised in puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care. The “parents” are kept in cages; bred over and over for years, without human companionship and little hope of ever joining a family. And after they're no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded – either killed, abandoned or sold at auction. Puppy-mill puppies are sold to unsuspecting consumers and pet stores, over the Internet, at flea markets and through newspaper classified advertisements to anyone willing to pay for them. Marketed as from great breeders, well-honed sales tactics keep money flowing to the puppy mills. Buyers never get to see where the pups are bred (a vital step in puppy-buying). Many of the puppies have serious behavioral and health problems that might not be apparent for months, including medical problems that can cost thousands of dollars to treat, if they are treatable at all. Unfortunately, a lot of people are not even aware that puppy mills exist, so when they buy a pet from a pet store, online or other retail outlet, they are unwittingly supporting this cruel industry. By adopting instead of buying a pet, you can be certain you aren't supporting the cruelty of puppy mills. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop purchasing from them. Instead of buying a pet, visit your local shelter or contact a local rescue group, where you will likely to find dozens of healthy, well-socialized puppies, kittens, and adult pets – including purebred – just waiting for that special home. Yours!
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