Selecting a Pet at an Animal Shelter


Animal shelters are your best source when looking for a pet. Not only do they have a great selection of adult animals for adoption, but they also have kittens and puppies, even purebred animals. In fact, on average, purebreds account for about 25% to 30% of a shelter’s dog population.


Choosing a Dog?

If you are thinking of adding a loving and loyal canine companion to your family, you will want to consider many factors in selecting the type of animal which best suits your lifestyle and fits your needs.

Is an adult dog for you?

• Playful but will sleep at night!
• Chew on bones, not shoes
• Usually potty trained
• Personality developed
• Can still learn
• Eager to bond
• Appreciative
• Need a second chance

Or, is a puppy for you?

• Puppies love to play, even at 3:00 a.m.
• Puppies love to chew everything!
• Puppies need potty training
• Puppies need loads of time and attention
• Puppies are adorable but are hard work!
• Puppies are babies for at least a year

Choosing a Cat?

Cats make wonderful pets. Because they’re less demanding, they can easily adjust to a variety of lifestyles and living spaces. Every cat is a true individual though, so it’s important to take the time to choose a four-footed friend who’s right for you.

Or is an adult cat for you?

• Playful, but more likely to sleep on your schedule
• Usually litter box trained
• Can be a good lap warmer
• Personality developed
• Appreciative
• Need a second chance

Is a kitten for you?

• Kittens love to play, even at 3:00 a.m.
• Kittens need to be trained to use a litter box
• Kittens need your patience and time
• Kittens are adorable but are Hard Work!
• Kittens are babies for at least a year

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If you did not find a pet at our shelter, there are many other rescues and shelters with pets available. Please visit to see who else is looking for a forever home.


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