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I Want to Encourage Pet Adoption From Shelters and Rescues

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 399 People

    Adopting And Rescue

    It doesnt take much, go to the local shelter and pull an animal before they are put to sleep and share your home with them until you find them a home. Its rewarding and you save a life by just giving a perfectly fine animal just some more time. I do. Sometimes they let you...
    anastazia anastazia 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 23, 2009

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    Not Just Dogs and Cats!

    You can get all sorts of animals from shelters, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, alllll sorts of animals that people have brought in!
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Oct 8, 2008

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    There Are So Many That Have So Much to Give

    They need you just as much as you need them. When they adopt you it is such a great feeling because they put their whole heart into it. They just make life so much happier when you find the right companion and become part of a family it's just perfect
    BeTheBestMe BeTheBestMe 36-40, F Dec 9, 2008

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    I am the owner of these 2 lovely cats.

    But I'm finding myself not being able to take care of them since my baby was born 6 months ago. My baby is a high needs baby, needs my attention all day and takes 30 minute naps, so little time for me. I dont have the time for my 2 cats and a dog and cook dinner and clean, etc...
    cathypaola cathypaola 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 29, 2015

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    Adopted

    Just got a dog from a shelter :D
    markteague markteague 18-21, M Aug 28, 2013

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    Be Carefull

    I too would like to encourage people to adopt from a shelter but I have a word of warning.( and this comes from experience) Be carefull when adopting from a shelter. Many things can go wrong. Check to make sure the shelter is doing what they are supposed to be doing for the...
    54poncho 54poncho 51-55, M 1 Response Sep 12, 2009

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    Two Wonderful Dogs

    My family has had three dogs since I was born, two of which came from a shelter and the other we adopted off the street, since our dog liked him so much.  My mom got our first dog, Pepper, from the pound when I was maybe 6, and my family grew up with her, and it was a real...
    storm78 storm78 18-21 1 Response Dec 8, 2008

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    I adopted my cat from a shelter.

    He's the cutest and sweetest but silliest cat. He brings home stolen socks a lot.
    rosesandblueskies rosesandblueskies 36-40, F Jun 10, 2015

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    A Beautiful Thing

    I can't tell you how heart-warming it is to take a shelter pet home, knowing you rescued that precious animal from a life in a cage or certain doom.  I find that shelter animals are much more lovable and they seem to just radiate adoration for you.  They KNOW that you...
    CuriosityKitten CuriosityKitten 31-35, F 3 Responses Oct 7, 2008

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    She's Helping Me (last Story.. I Swear)

    As many of ya'll know, I saved a puppy AND a kitten at the same time from the shelter. I adore the puppy-yes. But, this is about the kitten. I have had her for 6 days. I've had to keep her inside because I'm introducing her to my other kittens. So, she sleeps with me. She has...
    MallaryNicole MallaryNicole 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 2, 2012

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    All I Know Is I Want Him.

    August 24th, 2012. That's the day they have decided they will put him to sleep. August 20th, 2012 That's the day he walked through those shelter doors.. Is he dangerous? No. Is he sick? No. Our shelter has a 72 hour holding period. After that, they "Take a walk." I'm going to...
    MallaryNicole MallaryNicole 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 22, 2012

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    SUGAR

    WE GOT OUR SHEPARARD MIX OUTSIDE WALMART. WHAT THEY DIDN'T GET RID OF THEY WOULD PUT IN THE POUND. THAT IS SO SAD. I WANTED TO TAKE TWO, BUT MY HUSBAND WOULD'NT LET ME.
    sugar032 sugar032 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 14, 2009

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    Adoption

    I'm so excited for tomorrow because after I get back from school I'll be adopting a dog from a shelter! I finally have enough money because I had my yard sale end today. I got a lot of money from that and I'm so happy I can finally adopt a dog. I've always wanted to get an animal...
    markteague markteague 18-21, M Aug 27, 2013

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    They Have Nothing To Give But Love.

    I am a dog lover although we have had many cat's also through the year's. I have never had a pure breed nor do I plan too. I have alway's loved the English Bulldog as they are so ugly that they are cute but would not think of paying thirteen hundred up for a puppy. Most of our...
    Robert1256 Robert1256 51-55, M 5 Responses May 30, 2011

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    How To Help Out....

    Hi I wanted to say that I found some neat sites to help animals. The sites are called Paws.org, ASPCA.org, and animalrescuesite.com These sites have info on how to help animals to fight against cruelty. On ASPCA.org, you can sign up for info to help animals and they will give...
    lea1307 lea1307 18-21, F Nov 5, 2012

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    I Adopted A Pet From A Rescue Organization ...

    I'll never forget the day we were driving down the street and saw a mobile unit from an animal rescue organization. We stopped and bought a few of the crafts they had for sale as a fundraiser to help buy food & other supplies, and we visited with the staff while we met some of...
    JadedYetHopeful JadedYetHopeful 41-45 Nov 22, 2010

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    michelleplus1 michelleplus1 56-60, M Aug 29, 2015

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    EXPIRED though the shot hurt alot you seemed

    very relieved, you said now you will always come back to me . well A few years later I happened to run to far , I could not see you. where did you go? we where separated and I was scared, I was picked by By a stranger and left in a Cell. A black thing rubbed across me , "shes...
    youreadwhat youreadwhat 18-21, F Jan 26, 2015

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    Such a Wonderful Feeling!

    My current cat is a shelter animal. She's the sweetiest little princess ever! ;) Let me tell you, she picked me! The day I went to the shelter I had in mind adopting an orange tabby tom cat. Boy did I change my mind when I met my little Princess Shadow Schmoo Bella Donna....or...
    PrettyPixie PrettyPixie 36-40, F 1 Response Oct 21, 2008

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    A Wish

    wouldn't be wonderful if every family could afford to adopt a pet from a shelter so that there wouldn't be a need for so many shelters. If I had three wishes one would be that every animal and ever child that needed a home in the world would get one. If we all would put forth...
    Grits4life Grits4life 46-50, F 3 Responses Nov 17, 2008

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    Our 8 Llamas Need Your Help

    My friend has eight llamas and after a dispute over land boarders, she has to rehome them, (hopefully only short term until she can get more land and bring the flock back together again). She's raising money for transportation, vet bills (the man whose land they're on isn't very...
    Cabria Cabria 22-25, F Nov 29, 2012

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    I went to the shelter to find my lost dog.

    Lol the neighbor took him! That guys loves my dog way too much. Anyway my fav breed is a PITBULL!!! Wooo love them! Haha so I go to the shelter. I let every dog sniff me behind the cages bar and petted the calm ones. So I can across a pit named Sawyer. I ******* LOVED THAT DOG...
    MyaA13 MyaA13 13-15, F Mar 13, 2014

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    ADOPT Me!!!!!

    There are so many animals out there waiting to be adopted. All they are looking for is some one to give them a loving home and lots of love. Some have been very mistreated and feel noone will ever love them again. They are loyal ,understanding ,innocent and caring creatures and...
    RESCUE RESCUE 61-65, F Sep 12, 2008

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    Dropbear Dropbear 41-45, M Sep 13, 2015

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    Update:

    Looks like I may be getting him tomorrow :D I've dubbed him Thor. I may also be getting a female cat :D Let's cross our fingers, and hope I can get him :D
    MallaryNicole MallaryNicole 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 23, 2012

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    Agreed!

    Un-less you need one for someone reason or really want one, do not go buy some "purebreed" dog. Go to your local shelter and save a dog or a cats life. I mean come on people, I have had pures and mixes, all rescues all good. Not to mention you are doing something cool.
    EricS EricS 31-35, M 3 Responses Sep 12, 2008

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    Adorable Pomeranian Puppies For Adoption call

    me +1 202 688 7368 if interested thanks
    nyikob nyikob 26-30, M Dec 17, 2014

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    Adoption

    ...but none of my cats are from shelters-all 3 were strays. I guess being a "stray" is more for cats than dogs. I suppose my house could be called a "cat house". I have 3, and have had 5 in this house before. Neighborhood cats come lurking around my house-this is why I never let...
    mistressmonique mistressmonique 46-50, F 2 Responses Jun 4, 2012

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    Former Shelter Staff

    A few years back I worked at a shelter - one of the largest no-kill shelters in the country. After that I couldn't imagine ever buying a dog again. I fully expected to get there, see what was behind the scenes adn sort of get the "dirt" on the place but nothing...
    DrumBear78 DrumBear78 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 20, 2008

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