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Add a furry friend to your family this summer

My Pit Bull Rescue
By Sue Thurman

In most marriages, both people work and Craigslist is filled with many ads from people that want to re-home their pets because they don’t have time for them. For many of us, this seems like wanting to give away or sell a member of the family. However, with today’s economic difficulties, impossible situations do happen and long time pets must be given up. This is often how many pets end up as rescue animals.

If there is room in your heart and home for an animal that needs a forever home, please consider adopting one. There are many places in the valley that hold regular adoption weekends and PetSmart is the leader of the pack.

If you have questions about their upcoming adoption events PetSmart has many opportunities. You might also want to consider acting as a foster home for a pet that is in desperate need at many of the animal shelters throughout the valley. In the harsh heat of our Arizona summers, more and more pets are homeless and many stories are heartbreaking of animals abandon outside, without food or water. This is when Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is often contacted to save animals that are no longer in a safe environment.

If you desire a specific breed of dog, you can go to Rescue Me and search for a variety of breeds and types of animals available for adoption across the country.

Petfinder is another great place to search online for the perfect match for your family. Searching for the perfect pet should be a family activity and it may take visiting more than one place. If you currently have a dog, you will want to arrange a meeting with your pet and a potential new dog you are considering for adoption, before any final decision is made.

If you have a male dog that is definitely an alpha, it would be wise to look for a submissive dog to add to your home. Rescue dogs are wonderful and they can definitely make your life richer. Thank you for considering adopting a rescue dog.