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National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is celebrated on April 30, to help raise awareness of the thousands of dogs and cats that are waiting to be adopted into loving homes.

National Adopt a Shelter Pet DayIf you’re looking for a new family member to call your own, why not adopt from a shelter today! There are so many dogs and cats patiently waiting for their furever homes. You can find a pet of any age, size, colour, or breed through shelters. Despite what many people think, you can get purebred dogs and cats in shelters as well. There are many breed specific shelters, so if you have a certain breed in mind, be sure to check out the rescues around you. By adopting, you save a pet and open a new spot for another pet to come into the shelter.

On National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, shelters are ready to help find the perfect match for you. The goal is to find the right match for owner and pet to ensure a lifelong companionship. This could mean that a particular pet that someone has in mind for their family may not end up being the most compatible. Shelter staff work diligently to make sure everyone is happy and has a positive experience.

On National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, many shelters will hold discounted adoption rates to help give the animals in their care an extra boost in finding their homes. Adoption prices will typically cover vet checks with a clean bill of health, spay or neuter, vaccinations, microchips, and any other treatment required (Lyme disease or heartworm treatment, etc.) prior to sending a pet home with their family. The prices for those services on their own can add up substantially, so adopting from a shelter essentially saves you a lot of money.

Often, shelters will send adopted dogs and cats home with a free trial of pet health insurance. Petsecure offers a 6-week trial to new adopters with many partnered shelters. This gives new owners the opportunity to focus on bonding with their new pet, while experiencing the benefits of pet health insurance should their pet get ill or injured in those first six weeks. After the trial, owners can continue with a paid policy for lifelong protection.

If you can’t adopt a pet, consider volunteering at a shelter, becoming a foster parent for a pet, making a donation of money, blankets or towels, or attending a shelter fundraiser. Every effort makes a difference to the lives of these animals!