So, you’re looking to expand the family and adoption is the route you’ve chosen to make it happen. Not only is it an admirable choice, but it’s a much better option than going to a breeder to bring another life into this world. After all, there are already so many little ones in need of a good home. We’re talking about pets here, not people. Yes, there are countless children that need adopting, but pets are like kids and they don’t grow up to demand your car keys or shave years off your life with periods like the terrible twos or the angst-ridden teenage years.
If you’ve already made the rounds of your local animal shelters and you still can’t find the perfect pet, don’t lose hope. There are a few more options out there for you to consider before rushing off to a pet store or local breeder. Pet stores should be a last resort to finding a suitable companion of the four-legged variety. Now, with the help of online pet-matching sites, you can find an animal that’s just right for you. One of the largest amongst them is a site called Petfinder, and it matches people with pets according to the criteria you’d like to see met.
Petfinder Matching Site
Petfinder is like the site Paws Like Me in that you go online and fill out fields like location, animal type, breed (if any), age and gender. From there, their database flies through the potential matches and rounds them up in one place for you to see what they’ve come up with. Unlike Paws Like Me, Petfinder isn’t just limited to dogs or cats. They’ll help you find rabbits, horses, birds, fish, reptiles, small and furry creatures, pigs and other barnyard animals, if that’s your fancy.
Rescuing a pet from an animal shelter is a noble thing to do. Petfinder is home to approximately 259,395 adoptable pets emanating from some 12,060 different adoption groups. With this many animals from this many shelters, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for. The nice thing about these types of sites is everything is right there at your fingertips all in one place, reducing the amount of time and legwork involved in finding your new family member. The site also gives you a downloadable adoption checklist to help your pet transition into their new home.
Animal Adoption Considerations
It’s important before you adopt an animal to make sure you’re doing it for all the right reasons and that you know what you’re getting yourself into. Sit down and make a list, if you have to, and outline the criteria that must be met. If you’re not home a lot, then consider a low-maintenance pet that won’t require so much of your time. If you have kids or other animals in the house, make sure that the new pet you have your eye on will work with your current situation. The same thing goes with noise considerations, activity levels and cleanup/care/upkeep. If you take all of these things into account before adopting, you’ll up your chances of providing the animal with a forever home and not just another stop on the way to heartbreak, confusion and fear.