Fraser Valley Pet Resuce: Don’t shop for a pet during the holidays – adopt instead |

Fraser Valley Pet Resuce: Don’t shop for a pet during the holidays – adopt instead

It always breaks my heart when I go to animal shelters and see all those unwanted or lost animals. And, since I started fostering homeless puppies, I’ve been receiving ongoing emails from rescues desperate to save the lives of healthy, social, and very adoptable shelter pets.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina left thousands of pets homeless and, due to the current mortgage debacle, there is a similar crisis going on right now. Families all over the country are losing their homes and, in many cases, are forced to drop their pets at overcrowded shelters. They don’t realize that, with the current overload on our pet placement system, their loving pet will likely be euthanized.

Here’s how you can help:

Don’t shop. Adopt – If you, or anyone you know, have been thinking about getting a dog or a cat, please adopt a homeless one. Start at the Granby Animal Shelter and, if they don’t have the right one for you, check out where there are so many different kinds of dogs and cats. Young and old. Playful and subdued. Small ones, big ones. You’re certain to see one or two that you’ll just fall in love with, and you’ll receive so much more love in return.

Spay or neuter your pets – Did you know that only one out of 10 dogs and one out of 12 cats born ever finds a permanent home? Did you know that, if you can’t afford the surgery, the Granby Animal Shelter offers spay/neuter vouchers? If you believe that the killing of adoptable animals is wrong, spay or neuter your pets.

Foster a homeless pet – Fosters allow rescues to pull animals from overcrowded kill shelters. Fostering provides companionship for you and great socialization for your pet, if you have one. It is great trial run to see if you and your family are ready to adopt. And, fostering is also perfect for those who love animals, but cannot currently commit to long-term pet ownership. For more info, see “Home School: Fostering for Success” and/or contact me.

Support rescues and shelters – Volunteer your time, donate supplies, and/or sponsor an animal to allow more time for adoption. Join local Facebook group “Fraser Valley Pet Rescue” for ongoing updates on needs.

It takes so little to make a huge difference in the life of a sweet, fun, loving homeless pet. Please help bring more pets home for the holidays.

Sybil Miller

Fraser Valley Pet Rescue:

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