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Shelter 'wish list' tool facilitates pet adoptions

Dogs are cute, especially this guy, but there's more to dogs than meets the eye. Adopting a dog can enhance your longevity and quality of life.
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Looking for the perfect family pet? Look no further than your local animal shelter. Belleville Area Humane Society, along with many other animal shelters and rescue groups, have made it easier than ever to rescue the perfect pet for your home.

If you visit your local shelter's website and don't see the right match among their adoptable pets, don't give up on adopting. Just add your name to the shelter's 'wish list' for the specific breed(s), age and gender you need. Many shelters, like Belleville Area Humane Society in Belleville, Ill. have integrated their wish list with their websites so you can browse from the comfort of your own home.

Your next family member may well be waiting for you just around the corner, under the loving care of shelter staff who have dedicated themselves to finding forever homes for all the homeless pets who pass through their doors.

If you're not ready yet to commit to pet ownership, you can still help. Consider the following opportunities:

  • Donate pet care supplies. Most animal shelters post a supply list on their websites to make it quick and easy to provide the supplies that are in the greatest demand.
  • Volunteer your time. Contact your local shelter and find a time that works for you and put your hands and feet where your heart is. Even 30 minutes of play time with a group of adoptable dogs in an outdoor area can make a huge difference.
  • Remind pet seekers to check the shelters first. If you or a friend are ready for a new pet, remind them of all the amazing dogs at the local shelter and encourage them to consider adoption as their first option.

If you put yourself in a shelter pet's paws for a moment, it's not hard to feel their loneliness and desperate longing for a place to call home. To browse the list of adoptable pets currently at Belleville Area Humane Society in Belleville, Ill. click here. Or to browse a nationwide directory of adoptable shelter pets, visit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

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