by Lee Wyatt
(last updated February 17, 2009)
One of the least expensive ways to get a pet is through pet adoption. It doesn't matter what type of pet you are looking for, chances are you are going to be able to find the pet you are looking for through some type of adoption service. Basically, when you are adopting a pet through available adoption services you are saving their life. On average, animals are only kept at the typical animal shelter for a few short weeks, and then they are put down. This may seem inhumane to some, but the only reason why this goes on is because there is not enough room or funds for all the lost and needy pets in the country.
Before you begin looking into the adoption of a pet though, keep in mind that what you are doing is in essence adopting another family member. You are going to want to approach this carefully and with full knowledge of the animal's history. Take the time to watch and gauge the interaction between all members of your family, and the prospective pet. Be sure that you do not use only a single visit to determine this, as behavior patterns may only become apparent over an extended time.
Below are some of the different resources available for being able to adopt pets. Feel free to use these as a starting point towards finding the next member of your family.
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