While I don’t think the holidays are the right time to introduce a new pet into your family, many people do get pets for their loved ones at the holidays. If you are considering a new pet at the holidays or any other time of the year, check with your local shelter first. Animals who come from the shelter are good animals who have found themselves in a shelter situation due to events that they do not control.
The Shelter Pet Project has just launched a campaign to help dispel myths about shelter animals and increase the awareness of the benefits of adopting shelter pets. Check out this cute and funny video that was released as part of the project:
Our black lab, Raven, was a shelter pet. Her former owner supposedly ditched her because she chased cats. Are you serious? She just wanted to play. Now Raven has a family with three children who play ball with her, take her for walks and love her.
I encourage you to check out the site – even if it is to see the adorable spokespets and listen to what they have to say. And if you are considering a furry addition to your family, take the quiz, find a good match and really get all the details you need to give your new pet the best home you can. We also have a list of kid friendly dogs that might be helpful, too.