As today is the first day of the New Year, and is a good time for resolutions, how about we all set our sights on doing some good in the pet area? Even though local shelters and rescue organizations have done their best in the past to exemplify what it means to adopt a homeless pet and the importance of spaying and neutering, their message has only reached a portion of the people in Illinois that matter – the portion looking for a canine to call their very own.
This coming year, 2013, can make those lofty goals even more successful. If you or your family is in search of a canine, do NOT overlook your local shelters and rescue organizations. You just never know what you will find! Sometimes some very valuable pets are dropped off or abandoned for reasons none of us may ever possibly understand. Remember, if you do not look, you may never find!
It is certainly a myth that only breeders produce great dogs. Sometimes the dogs that are lost, abandoned or abused are the very same dogs that came from a breeder. It was just that dog’s bad luck to end up in a situation that would leave them alone and homeless. You can be their savior and get yourself a very valuable dog for very little output. Again, all you have to do is look!
There are many great organizations in and around the Chicagoland area. Animal Rescue Foundation, Illinois (ARF-IL), the DuPage County Animal Care and Control Agency, PAWS, The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago, Animal Care League, and A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter are but a few of the very worthwhile organizations for all types of dogs (and cats). That is not to even mention the breed specific rescues in and around our great living area!
If your goal is to find a new four-legged friend in 2013, spread your wings and look around for animals in the various pet shelters and rescue organizations. Not only will you be saving their life, but you may just be surprised that the animal is saving your life, too.
So, look around. Shelters and rescues are becoming popular and advertising in a variety of locations. Go online; many hold several events in various locations each year – and that is not to mention the fundraising events that are fun for both you and your current and potential adopted pets.
Be open to this suggestion as the year is just getting started. Together let’s make 2013 a record year for adopted rescue and shelter canines!