Back when I was working as a deputy store manager at one of Jack's Pets stores, I was already devoting a good portion of my spare time to volunteering at shelters and fostering animals that needed a temporary home.
And as much as I loved working at a pet shop, I was struggling with the concept of selling puppies and kittens when animals in need of a home surrounded me nearly every day.
No one was more thrilled to learn that Jack's Pets finally partnered up with ASPCA and adopted a new no-puppy-sales policy, offering in-store pet adoptions!That's why I'd like to take a moment to talk about Pet Adoption League – a non-profit organization that’s done so much to give these poor, innocent animals a second chance at life!
Last Updated: April 1, 2020
5+ Reasons to Adopt Your Pet from a Shelter
Adopting a pet from a shelter is not just "the right thing to do" – it's an incredibly rewarding experience, too.
You'll give one innocent, homeless animal a new life and a loving home.
That’s reason enough to do it – but I'll leave a few more below for good measure:
Adopting a shelter animal means saving a life.
You'll help fight puppy or kitten mills by choosing not to support them.
You'll break the cycle of overpopulation because adopted animals are typically sprayed or neutered.
You'll get an adult, house-trained pet, which is a whole lot more convenient.
What Is Pet Adoption League?
Pet Adoption League, or PAL, is a non-profit organization founded with one goal in mind:
Helping all unwanted, neglected, and abandoned pets by getting them off the streets, offering them food and shelter, and then finding them a new, loving home.
And unlike most other shelters, the PAL didn't put a "time limit" to an animal's stay:
PAL figured out a way to provide food, shelter, and veterinary care to any animal in need for as long as they live, or until they find a new home.
When you start perceiving animals as living beings that are worthy of life-long love, protection, and care, it becomes easy to see how much the Pet Adoption League's contributed to the on-going battle for animal welfare.
With the help of kind donations and volunteer work, they managed to significantly reduce the kill rates in animal shelters from 67 percent down to only 10-12 percent.
Make no mistake about it – the euthanasia of shelter animals is still a problem.
However, Pet Adoption League managed to save thousands of lives over the years by taking care of deserted, frightened, and unwanted animals – and nurturing them until they're ready to become someone's life-long companions.
Even more so, PAL also developed the Home-to-Home program, where, instead of having the animals sent to the shelter, owners can rehome their pets when they can no longer take care of them.
The driving belief behind PAL's work is that everyone deserves a chance at a happy life – humans and animals alike.
And ever since the Pet Adoption League first opened its doors, they worked tirelessly and relentlessly, together with other animal welfare organizations and rescue groups, to bring about change in many homeless animals' lives.
So, if you think that you're ready for a new pet:Adopt, don't shop.
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