Pets have an incomparable ability to improve humans’ lives in a number of ways, so it’s only right that pet parents do the same for them.
That’s why, if you’re considering adding a pet to the family, adoption can be a great choice. Through pet adoption, you can not only help save dogs and cats from homelessness but also have the opportunity to experience a lifetime of laughs, snuggles and memories.
When you adopt a pet, you also gain a friend to accompany you on life’s adventures, a family member to share life’s sweetest moments and a therapist to listen when you need an ear. Whether it’s a dog, a cat or one of the many other types of four-legged friends, pets are the perfect sidekicks for activities like walks around the park or cozy cuddle sessions in front of the TV. They also offer unconditional love and comfort during life’s happy moments and challenges.
Familiar with the animals’ personalities and needs, shelter staff can accurately match you with a furry family member that’s compatible with your lifestyle. In addition, many adoptable animals are already spayed or neutered and up-to-date on their shots, meaning you won’t need to make a large up-front investment.
There are also several programs and events that cover adoption fees throughout the year.
Since 2001, H.A.L.O. has worked with the community and city and county shelters to rescue cats and dogs in danger of being euthanized.
“Shelters contact us, and we pull animals that are going to be put down, which not only saves that animal’s life but also creates more room in the shelter for other animals,” said Antioch resident Gigi Boss, president of H.A.L.O. “Once the animals are picked up from shelters, they are placed in volunteer foster homes. H.A.L.O. supplies everything for its fosters.”
Pittsburg resident Jessica Shortridge, H.A.L.O. board member and volunteer coordinator, said fostering an animal is by far one of the most rewarding things you can experience. She has fostered sick, abandoned and malnourished kittens.
“You get to watch that kitten blossom from a helpless little animal to a confident, playful companion and send them off to their forever home,” said Shortridge. “It’s truly amazing and an indescribable feeling.”
Before H.A.L.O.’s pets are put up for adoption, each has a veterinary exam and is spayed or neutered, brought up-to-date with their shots and microchipped. After the pets have been through the entire fostering process, they are put up for adoption.
H.A.L.O. hosts weekly adoption events at Pet Food Express and PetSmart in Antioch and Petco in Brentwood. The nonprofit, charitable organization is run entirely by volunteers.
“Our volunteers are everything to us, and we are always looking for more,” said Boss.
While costs may be lower when you adopt, pet parents still need to invest time and training in their adopted pets to make sure they receive the love and attention they need.
More than 8 million pets end up in shelters nationwide each year, a majority of which are ready to be loving pets or can be ready with veterinary or behavioral care. Through pet adoption, you not only gain a new family member, you can feel the joy of knowing you gave a pet in need a loving forever home.