Adopting your next pet is a great experience. Not only are you giving a loving pet a good home but pets are a great way to make you a better person. There are hundreds of pets waiting to be adopted in Utah Valley alone.
Reasons To Adopt A Pet
First, they cost less. Purebred and paper registered pets are between $500 and $1,000. When you rescue a pet from a shelter or rescue you will pay around $100 to $150. The adoption fees continue to support the rescue with such things as food and supplies for other animals. Plus most of the time they are already spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped.
Some people don’t like the work that puppies and kittens take. You have to potty train them, teach them boundaries, and simple commands. Shelter animals are often adults and have already had some type of training. This can save you a lot of time and headaches.
There is a misconception that shelter animals are scared, mean, overweight, and sick. In most cases, this is not true. There are many reasons that people relinquish their pets.
- Moving to a new location
- Finance Situations
- Unplanned Litters
- Owner’s Health Reasons
- Lost Pet
Rescue groups and shelters take great care of their animals and give them the necessary medical care they need. When you adopt a pet from these places you are getting a healthy pet.
You might not want a mixed breed for your next pet. That is fine because these rescue groups and shelters take in pure breed pets as well. Some rescues actually specialize in certain breeds, such as Huskies, Basset hounds, and Golden Retrievers. If there is a particular breed that you looking to find, you can still use these great places.
The adoption process can be different depending on which rescue group or shelter you work with. Most shelters you can visit during business hours and interact with their animals. For rescue groups, you may need to make prior arrangements before visiting.
There are many rescue groups that will work with local businesses, like Petco and PetSmart, for adoption events. This is where they bring the animals to one central location that you can visit and adopt on the spot.
Most shelters and rescue update their websites frequently. You can look at available pets before even going to the locations. Many of these sites will have a little biography about specific pets and any things to be aware of, like no cats or small children. This will give you a better idea if this pet is right for you. Don’t skip out on actually meeting various pets, a picture may be worth a thousand words but every animal has their own unique personality that cannot be described by a small paragraph and picture. PetFinder.com and RescueMe.org are great sites to look at adoptable animals in your area.
Once you find the special friend there is some small amount of paperwork with ID verification.
Utah Pet Adoption Locations
Utah Humane Society
4242 South 300 West,
Murray, Utah 84107
P.O. Box 709629
Sandy, Utah 84070-9629