It’s been a year since I wished for a dog and a Pomeranian showed up on my deck the next day. The Universe doesn’t provide a new dog to everyone so neatly. Most people have to go out and get them.
We adopted our cat Pinky three years ago for my younger daughter’s birthday. Pinky’s been a joy every minute, almost. She’s very sweet and affectionate for a cat. She was brought into our family as our really old cat Fergie was dying. Near the end, Pinky groomed Fergie and curled up around her to keep her warm. It was very touching to see.
December 2 is Celebrate Shelter Pets Day. I’m working with Element Associates to bring you information about pet adoption from The Shelter Pet Project, a collaborative effort between The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund® and the Ad Council.
Of all the pets in American homes, only 29% were adopted from a shelter or rescue. Each year approximately 3-4 million pets are adopted, but 2.7 million still lose their lives each year for lack of a home.
Did you know seventeen million people will acquire a pet within the next year? The Shelter Pet Project hopes to encourage these prospective pet owners to adopt shelter and rescue pets. We were lucky to see the the active shelter adoption outside of our local pet superstore. We’d much rather rescue a pet that might otherwise go un-homed or be destroyed.
Visit www.theshelterpetproject.org, where you can search for a pet from a local shelter or rescue group, read adoption success stories and learn valuable information about pet adoption.
Meet an amazing shelter pet, Arnie!