To The Person Looking For A New Fur-Ever Friend, Look To Your Local Shelters First

To The Person Looking For A New Fur-Ever Friend, Look To Your Local Shelters First

There are so many loving animals out there who need homes!

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This semester, one of my classes has requires students to go to the local animal shelter, Companion Animal Alliance to volunteer. I have only been about four times, but so far, it is an incredible life-changing experience. I have always been one to advocate for rescuing or adopting over going to Pet Land and spending ridiculous amounts of money on a dog when there are so many animals who need homes.

In fact, my family's dog, Chevy, is a puppy that I found at a rescue shelter. He is the sweetest, most loving dog, who is grateful for every second he gets to spend with us, and us with him. My family now swears by adopting and rescuing because of how well and rewarding it has turned out for us.

When I volunteer, I pretty much go through the same routines. I walk the dogs, play with them in the play pin, bathe them if they need it, and help do housekeeping around the shelter. It doesn't sound like much, but the impact it has on the dogs, and the people who work there is significant. They are always needing help because this particular shelter has to take in every animal that is brought in to them. So while there may be 15 general workers, there are over 300+ animals that need caring for. The dogs are cooped up in the kennels all day, and it is so important that they are walked at least once a day to prevent them from going in their kennel, or holding it in and getting bladder infections.

Also, they require love and attention to not only stay sane but to prevent anxiety and depression from getting too high,(yes, dogs mental health matters just as much as humans). This small amount of time that I get to spend with them a few times a week is really so much more than just "taking the dogs for a walk." It is showing them love, and happiness, something rare to find when stuck in a kennel 23 hours a day.

All that these animals could possibly want is a great home, with someone to just love on them. It really rubs me the wrong way when people ignore that factor completely just because they want a specific breed. Shelters have the stereotype of having mostly older dogs that are mixed brees, but that is not always the case. Full bread dogs are sent in every day. CAA is always overrun with puppies, and every time I go to volunteer, there is always a new set.

Puppies are always the dogs to get adopted first in the shelter. People love puppies. How much different are 1-year-old dogs from puppies though? They maybe have a tad bit less energy, but they are most definitely still young dogs. It's time for people to step out of their comfort zones, and stop buying dogs for show. Adopt them for the feeling you get when you're around them. Adopt them to show them that a loving home does exist. Adopt them to save their lives.

There are so many shelters in the United States, probably so many around you, where dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted and taken to a loving home. Next time you're looking to adopt, check your shelters first!

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Top 10 Cutest Cat Breeds

These cat breeds are super cute and underrated.
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It seems that the only breeds anyone can actually recognize are those of dogs, cats really don't get enough recognition. There is just as much of a variety of cat breeds as there are of dog breeds, almost anyway, and they deserve love and recognition as well. So, here are the top 10 cat breeds I've deemed as the absolute cutest!

1. Exotic Persian

Exotic Persian cats are one of the cutest breeds in my opinion. Theses are the squished faced cats. The cats that perpetually look grumpy and disappointed. They're also super high-maintenance and believe you're supposed to cater to their every whim. Which, to be fair, you are.

2. Scottish Fold

Scootish Folds are super adorable because they're very unique. They're ears fold over, making them always appear to be begging you for something. They also always look a little bit sad, which, of course, only makes you love them more.

3. Himalayan

Himalayan cats are just magnificent and so prestigious. These cats are fluffy, deserve the best, and expect nothing but the best.

4. British Shorthair

I'm not sure what it is about these cats that makes them so adorable, but my roommate has tried to describe them as "fat and sassy." - Delaney Pulice. She's not wrong. They're pretty chubby and look like they're just a little bit too good for you. In all honesty, what cat isn't too good for us?

5. Maine Coon

These cats are particularly wonderful because they can be giant. I mean, giant. These cats can grown into the sizes of large dogs, which, of course, if everything we could all ever ask for in a cat. Who wouldn't want a giant cat that could probably double as a pillow?

6. Persian

These cats are only a little bit different from Exotic Persians, but there's a difference. Persians tend to have less squished face than Exotics, but every cat is different. The one above is a Silver Persian. He had to eat his food off of a plate because his flat face couldn't fit in a cat food bowl.

7. Munchkin

These tiny little guys never really grow much. Their legs are perpetually short and stubby, making them the ideal cats, because, if you had a choice, wouldn't you want your cat to be either giant like a Maine Coon or tiny like a Munchkin cat? Of course you would.

8. Siberian

These cats are just generally beautiful. They have long, shiny, fluffy coats and are just pretty cats. Plus, they look super cuddly, like they might purr for hours if you brushed them.

9. British Longhair

Another just simply beautiful cat. When you see those posts online that say "This cat is prettier than I am," yeah, that's these cats. They have long, soft coats as well that they like to keep clean. And as all cats do, they look like they're just a little bit above us and we have to cater to them.

10. Ragdoll

Finally, we have Ragdoll cats. These cats look a bit like fluffier Siamese cats. Which, let's face it, Siamese cats aren't necessarily the cutest. However, if you just add a lot of fluff, because the fluffier the better, they become much cuter.

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11 Of The Greatest Dog Breeds, And What Makes Them Great

Some dog breeds that could potentially be my future companion.

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Everyone has favorites, we all pick our favorite foods to eat, clothes to wear and jewelry to wear. The difference is sometimes our favorites aren't the best option for us. Having some greens once in a while instead of pizza is good for me. Sometimes, we look better in blue than our favorite shade of red, and sometimes, we have to wear some gold jewelry than our go-to silver. This is a list of not only my favorites but also some breeds of dogs I could see myself having because they would be a good fit for me.

I also would like to add that I am a cat person. However, I love all cat breeds, so that would be hard.

1. French Bulldogs

Hands-down, my favorite dog. They are so cute to me and they are chubby and so cute with all those wrinkles. The downside is the medical bill with this breed, but I could definitely see me get a Frenchie in the future.

2. Pugs

Again, the wrinkles are too adorable to not have! I will say, that I don't really think that I will end up having a pug, but they are really cute and I will continue watching pug videos on the gram.

3. Jack Russels

Jack Russels are a basic dog in my opinion. They are good dogs, good companions, and just happy dogs. I could see myself having a Jack Russel.

4. Pomeranian

Now, if I were to get this kind of dog, it would have to be a tiny version. This dog would have to have constant grooming appointments and be a cute stylish puppy. They are cute, but in my opinion, only because of the hair.

5. Labs

I really don't think of myself as a big dog type of person, however, I've been around labs my whole life. I believe that they are very loyal, and really good dogs. I also have seen a lot of kids and lab videos to warm my heart to get me to this decision.

6. German Shepards

This is a shaky type of breed for me. I have two German Shepards at home. One I get along with great, the other, not as much.

7. Chihuahua

Oh, yes! These crazy yippie dogs are on my list. Why? Because chihuahuas were my childhood fantasy. It sealed the deal when "Beverly Hills Chihuahuas" came out and one named Chloe was a main character. Now, it is not a solid deal as the breed once was, but I figured I would put this on there.

8. Pit Bulls

I think pit bulls carry a stereotypical bad reputation. In my mind, I feel as though pit bulls have the same personality as I do. They are very sweet dogs, but sometimes are clumsy or are sometimes too feisty. I saw a pitbull mix the other day and all the dog wanted to do was play with me. I think I would really get along with this dog breed.

9. Pomsky 

Just look up a picture and you will instantly want one too. So fluffy and cute!!!

10. Akita

I don't know a lot about this kind of breed, but by seeing their pictures I think they are cute but pretty protective dogs. I think they are kind of leaders and would be great for children.

11. Stray Dogs

I know this isn't a dog breed, but thinking about how all these different dogs come with price tags, why not rescue a dog for less? This could be great or the dog could not get along with the environment and it could go downhill. The good news is though, that doing this process, the people in charge help the dogs gradually change for it to work out for both parties and I think it is a great process. I have also have had ideas about fostering dogs in the future, so I think topic of my article was more than needed to talk about.

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