Now that we are getting weather in Atlanta that feels a little like the way spring is supposed to feel, I’ve noticed dogs out about as much as the pollen. As I drive to my dog walking jobs with Fetch! Pet Care, I see all sorts of breeds out with their owners. May is National Pet Month, and many organizations are promoting adoptions so you can have a new pet to give you another reason to be outside and enjoy the nice spring weather.
It may be as easy as ever to see some of the pets that need homes. The Cobb County Animal control is having a big adoption fair at Jim Miller Park on May 18. On June 9, an animal rescue fair at Willis Equestrian Park in Alpharetta is being billed as the largest pet adoption event in the Southeastern United States. The Georgia Homeless Pets has pets it is trying to find a home for at Pet Smarts stores in Smryna and Austell. every weekend. Of course, most days the Humane society of Cobb County is open for you to come in and look for a pet. They mostly just have cats because of the limited space there. The Atlanta Humane Society has two offices: one on Howell Mill Rd. and one on Mansell Rd. in Roswell. Most breeds have a rescue group in the Atlanta area or somewhere in Georgia. There are too many other rescue groups in the metro Atlanta area to mention all of them, but many will be represented at the event at Willis Park.
The first thing about adopting a pet is making sure that everyone in the family is on board. You may want to contact trainers about what breeds fit in with your family’s lifestyle and personality. They can also tell you about what breeds may work better with kids. If you’re not sure about if a pet will work with your family, you can foster a dog. Many of the organizations that put pets up for adoption need foster homes. You can get a pet for a while and see how it works. Sometimes the foster pet is available for long-term adoption. If it’s not, but you realize a pet will work in your home, you can get another one. If you have kids, it may be beneficial for you to scout a few possible pets without the kids around and once you have narrowed down the animals, have the kids check them out.
Maybe you’ve thought it would be a great way to spend a nice spring evening, walking the dog. Or perhaps your kids have made that suggestion. Pet ownership is great, but it does take work. Of course you can hire a professional pet sitting company like Fetch! Pet Care to stop by and give the dog a walk, or clean out the cat’s box and play with it, (sales pitch) but you will want to do most of it yourself. If you have been seriously considering adding a pet to your family, take advantage of these opportunities available the next few weeks to save a pet’s life and bringing new life to your home!
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