More and more Americans are adopting their pets. Rescue dogs have become a bit of a status symbol in certain groups. While it’s doubtful you will find one like “Weego” in the Bud Light commercial, a rescue pet will provide the same love, companionship and loyalty as any purebred. A recent article passed along to me from the Christian Science Monitor shows how the number of homeless animals being put to death has decreased dramatically since 1970. The article quotes a stat from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that the number of animals euthanized each year has decreased from 20 million in 1970 to about 3 million last year. During that same time the number of pets has doubled.
A couple of reasons are given for this. One is the awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering animals. Another reason is the rise of “no-kill” shelters. And with so many people electing to take the pets home from these shelters, many lives are being saved.
There are many places around the northern part of the metro area where pets can be adopted. The Atlanta Humane Society has opened a beautiful facility off Mansell Rd. I do some volunteer work at the Humane Society of Cobb County. Mostly cats are available there because they don’t have room to keep many dogs. Here are just some of the other places I’m familiar with around the area that do adoptions:
Kittens are available at the Cat Clinic of Cobb on Sandy Plains.
Georgia Homeless Pets has pets available on weekend afternoons at the PetSmarts in Smyrna, Dunwoody and Austell.
Angels Among Us is a group that finds homes for animals. Follow the link to their website for more information.
Mostly Mutts hosts events each week to try and find homes for dogs.
Our Pal’s Place on Canton Rd. is open on weekend afternoons for adoptions.
If you must have a specific breed, many breeds have rescue programs around the area. Just do an internet search for them. Most places give the animals the appropriate shots before they go home with you. Most have been fixed, or you get a voucher to have that done. Exactly what is done is one of the main reasons the prices vary from facility to facility. Be sure and ask plenty of questions.
If you can’t decide if it’s the right time for a pet some of these groups have a “foster” program where you would care for the pet on a temporary basis. Also all of these facilities not only need money, but volunteers to help care for the animals. A lot of the animals just need some attention and having loving hands and a soothing voice for a just a few minutes can do wonders for a animal.
If you’ve decided you’re ready to make the commitment to save an animal’s life and bring it into your home congratulations. I think you’ll find it as rewarding for you as the animal does.
Fetch! Pet Care of NW Atlanta provides in-home pet care and dog walking as well as cat care services in Roswell, East Cobb, Marietta and Woodstock, Georgia.