By M. G. Mauney
It’s National Pet Week, and that’s a big deal for Mister Migs! All pets are the best pets to us, but we’d like to take this opportunity to talk about rescue pets in particular. If you’re in the market for a new four-legged (or finned, or feathered) family member, we recommend you consider rescue and adoption first, and here’s why:
Firstly, there’s no shortage of strays and shelter animals who need homes. According to statistics by the ASPCA, about 7.6 million animals enter US shelters each year. Of these, only about 2.7 million are adopted, and less than a million are picked up by their owners. This leaves the majority of them still homeless, and the fate that awaits them is sadly all too often a grim one. Adopting a shelter animal will almost certainly save their life. The animals, somehow, seem aware of this; many owners of a rescue claim that their pet is exceptionally loving, almost as if they are grateful.
Some people worry that a shelter pet may come with problems. While this may be true, the same applies to any animal. Contrary to popular belief most animals at a shelter aren’t there because they were problems, but because of human situations. Common examples are the family is moving or going through a rough financial patch.
Likewise, the reason shelter pets are not adopted is seldom due to a flaw on their part, but simply because there are so many of them. The youngest, cutest ones are usually the only ones that people adopt. What’s more, many shelter pets were previously owned by someone else and thus previously trained. I used to volunteer at a shelter and can personally attest that many of the dogs are already house-trained.
A shelter pet is also less expensive. Dogs bought from pet stores or breeders can cost a mint. Not only are the adoption fees at shelters very affordable, they also may cover services such as spaying/neutering, micro-chipping, and the first round of vaccinations. Wow! What a bargain! In fact, this makes adopting a shelter animal even a better bargain than taking in a stray off the streets and then buying all these services for them.
If you have a more exotic pet in mind than a cat or dog, rescue is still an option. A quick Google can reveal rescues in your state for snakes, lizards, ferrets, birds, chinchillas, rabbits, rodents, farm animals, and any number of other unusual pets looking for a family to call their own. Some rescue organizations are even willing to transport animals across state lines to reach their new homes!
Most valuable of all, you get to know that you saved the life of a pet in need. We at Mister Migs applaud all rescue pet parents and would like to give a special shout-out to our rescued Ambassadorables: Louey, MiMee, Hazel, Harper Jane, and of course, our own Mister Migs!
Join us on Sunday, June 12, at the 16thAnnual Animal Rescue Fair (ARF2016) in Wills Park Equestrian Center, Alpharetta, GA. It’s a mega pet adoption where over 50 rescues and humane societies bring out their adoptable pets searching for that special home. It’s free and fun! Please visit www.animalrescuefair.org for more information. Celebrate National Pet Week and go rescue your next adorable pet!
See you there!