Getting a pet from a shelter

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Adopt, don’t shop.

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Anyone that knows me, knows that I love animals. My favorite animals is the African Pygmy Hedgehog, the domesticated ones people keep as pets. I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't have a pet of some sort, but they were mostly dogs.

I follow quite a few people on the internet who are animal enthusiasts and many have multiple pets. This past June, I went to PetSmart to just look at hamsters. Due to their cat adoption center posters, I walked to see what was available. I saw the smallest Siamese mix kitten named Ollie.

That just so happens to be my favorite breed of cat and needless to say, within hours I brought a ten week old kitten home and ruined the day's original plans. He is so entertaining to watch all day and will meow if he needs me for something.


Because he's so awesome and so is the other kitty my family rescued, I think everyone should look at shelters when searching for a new pet. Many shelters are overcrowded and will have special events where you can get a new cat or dog for a fraction of the normal adoption price. I also believe in getting the older pets because families are more likely to pick young animals, but the old animals have been there even longer more than likely.

In my free time I will look at available pets on shelter websites. I find “cute" dogs and cats all the time. Unlike purebred animals, you can probably save hundreds of dollars by rescuing your next pet. If I had the space and resources, I would save every cat and dog I could. That dream is a bit unrealistic as well as probably irresponsible, but at least it's a good and caring thought.

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8 Types Of People Fetuses Grow Into That 'Pro-Lifers' Don't Give 2.5 Shits About

It is easy to fight for the life of someone who isn't born, and then forget that you wanted them to be alive when you decide to hate their existence.

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For those in support of the #AbortionBans happening all over the United States, please remember that the unborn will not always be a fetus — he or she may grow up to be just another person whose existence you don't support.

The fetus may grow up to be transgender — they may wear clothes you deem "not for them" and identify in a way you don't agree with, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them a mentally unstable perv for trying to use the bathroom.

The fetus may grow up to be gay — they may find happiness and love in the arms of someone of the same gender, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them "vile" and shield your children's eyes when they kiss their partner.

The fetus may grow up and go to school — to get shot by someone carrying a gun they should have never been able to acquire, and their life will mean nothing to you when your right to bear arms is on the line.

The fetus may be black — they may wear baggy pants and "look like a thug", and their life will mean nothing to you when you defend the police officer who had no reason to shoot.

The fetus may grow up to be a criminal — he might live on death row for a heinous crime, and his life will mean nothing to you when you fight for the use of lethal injection to end it.

The fetus may end up poor — living off of a minimum wage job and food stamps to survive, and their life will mean nothing to you when they ask for assistance and you call them a "freeloader" and refuse.

The fetus may end up addicted to drugs — an experimentation gone wrong that has led to a lifetime of getting high and their life will mean nothing to you when you see a report that they OD'd and you make a fuss about the availability of Narcan.

The fetus may one day need an abortion — from trauma or simply not being ready, and her life will mean nothing to you as you wave "murderer" and "God hates you" signs as she walks into the office for the procedure.

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Do not tell me that you are pro-life when all of the above people could lose their lives in any way OUTSIDE of abortion and you wouldn't give 2.5 shits.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is gay or trans, you will berate them for who they are or not support them for who they love.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is poor or addicted, you will refuse the help they desperately need or consider their death a betterment of society.

You fight for the baby to be born, but when the used-to-be-classroom-of-fetuses is shot, you care more about your access to firearms than their lives.

It is easy to pretend you care about someone before they are even born, and easy to forget their birth was something you fought for when they are anything other than what you consider an ideal person.

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Why You Should Never Give Pets As Christmas Gifts

What about a puppy?

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It's around the winter holidays and everyone is searching for the best gift to give your friends, parents, and family members. Many Christmas movies give people the idea that animals such as dogs and cats or other interesting creature you can easily buy at PetSmart would be the perfect gift, but that could potentially be the worst gift ever.

When deciding to give an animal away as a Christmas present, ask yourself one thing: Have I discussed a new pet and the responsibilities with the new owner of said pet? If you are not absolutely sure and confident that they have the means and resources to take in a new pet, then it is best to find another gift. They may have a rental house or apartment, a roommate with an allergy or not prepared to take care of potential veterinary bills. Another danger is getting a new pet for a child as a Christmas gift. A puppy does not stay a puppy and a cute Christmas gift can turn into a resented Christmas dog in eight months.

Some animal shelters get busier after the holidays because people have decided their cute animal is not going to work out. If you surprise someone with a pet as a Christmas gift, you are potentially gambling with that animal's life. The average cat and dog lifespan is around 13 years, but cats often live longer than dogs, so remember that typical pets are a long commitment and not something to play with for a few months, then surrender to a shelter when you have decided you are done with it.

As for smaller animals such as hamsters, guinea pigs, or sometimes hedgehogs, do your own research on what specific breeds will need. The starter kits commonly sold at pet stores do not always allow the animal adequate space that it needs to be healthy. Keep in mind that just because these animals have shorter lifespans and seem low maintenance that they require just as much attention, love and care as cats and dogs.

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