Thinking about owning a pet? Consider adopting pets from local humane societies and animal rescues instead of buying a pet from a pet store.
Animal advocates have been eyeing pet stores for years. Many pet stores have been accused of showcasing pets for sale that came from puppy mills - places where dogs are bred in deplorable conditions. To give cats and dogs a second chance at finding a forever home, it's best to consider adopting from local animal rescues.
Pet adoption is much cheaper than pet stores and helps animals match with a loving family. Because June is "kitten season," animal shelters are seeing an influx of cats and need help finding them homes. Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats).
Pets at shelters are not considered "bad dogs" or "damaged." They could have been lost or abandoned by owners. They need you as much as you need them. Visit local animal shelters in your area to find the right companion animal for your family.