Each year, millions of dogs and cats lose their lives unnecessarily in our nation’s shelters. But it doesn’t have to be that way. An estimated 17 million people will add a new pet to their families this year. If more of them would choose to adopt a pet, instead of buying one, we could reduce the number of animals killed in shelters significantly.
If you are considering a new pet, adopting makes sense for many reasons:
- If you adopt an adult pet, there’s a possibility you can avoid some of the hassles related to house-training and teething, which are associated with puppies and kittens. Of course, if you prefer a puppy or kitten, rescue groups and shelters have plenty of those available as well.
- You’ll save money because adoption costs less than buying an animal from a pet shop or breeder.
- Perfectly “perfect” animals of all breeds, shapes, ages and sizes are available at shelters and rescue groups. Just because an animal ends up there, doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with them. They are just in need of a second chance.
- You just might meet your best friend.
What Best Friends is doing
Thanks to so many rescue proponents around the country, both individuals and organizations, we believe that adoption is fast becoming the hip way to acquire a pet, and that it’s just a matter of time before buying a pet feels as strange for most people as throwing a recyclable plastic bottle in the trash.
But just because we’re on a good trajectory doesn’t mean we can let up. So encouraging adoption is a common thread that runs through nearly all the work we do.
Here are just a few of the things Best Friends is doing to make adopting a pet convenient and desirable:
- Staging Super Adoption events in cities across the country. Each event finds homes for hundreds of animals in just one weekend.
- Running adoption centers in LA and Salt Lake City where all animals up for adoption come from local shelters
- Creating marketing promotions for use by our No More Homeless Pets Network Partners. One popular promotion is Back in Black, designed to encourage people to adopt black animals, often overlooked in shelters.
- Hosting a nationwide database of adoptable pets right on this website, powered by Petfinder