Vanessa Rus: adopting shelter pets
To the Editor:
I absolutely loved the letter written to the Sky-Hi News about adopting shelter pets by Sybil Miller.
My husband and I are animal rights advocates and supporters of adopting over shopping. In fact, my husband and I fostered a Vizsla last year and we kept her and adopted another dog from the same shelter where we initially fostered our Vizsla.
Homeless pets, to me and my husband, are an epidemic. It is essential that many know how critical the situation is. There are many shelters that are overwhelmed with pets, and not just cats and dogs. Small animals and birds. Reptiles and the like are also looking for homes. It is such an incredibly important cause to remind people of how important it is to save a life by adopting.
It is also incredibly important to do your research before investing in a pet. Many pets that are in shelters are left there by poorly educated humans who DID NOT do their research. It is not the pets’ fault, but that of the human who did not research about the animal and the animal is left with no choice but to be surrendered to a shelter.
It is important for humans to understand that if you are unable to commit to a pet full-time, the option of fostering is perfect. It allows you to have the experience of owning a pet, wondering if you, yourself will keep one, and it also allows the pet to have a life without the threat of euthanization. You’re saving a life, even if you cannot commit to it.
Adoption is a wonderful way to experience the love of an incredibly grateful pet. My husband and I saved two lives and the love they give to us is the best type of love we could ever receive, and that’s unconditional. We have our little family of canines. My husband and I volunteer at the Granby Animal Shelter and we donate sheets and towels and blankets when needed. Consider adoption. Donate items for pets. Foster a pet and experience a love that is everlasting.
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