First of all, lemme give some well-deserved credit to animal shelters and their workers and volunteers who help kitties and puppies have healthy lives and find wonderful furrever homes.These people are angels who help animals live in a clean environment where they recieve as much love and care as the shelter workers can give.
But I'd like to bring up an alternate adoption option: Craigslist.com. Many of you probably already know about this site. Under your local Craigslist, you can find many cats, dogs and other animals up for adoption under the "pets" category.
Many pets up for adoption on this site are beloved family pets and are treated well. Often, the owners are very sad that they must let go of their pet, but there are reasons which are forcing them into that situation. Many foster parents and shelters also use Craigslist to help find forever homes for the fur-babies in their care.
However, there are also many pets up for adoption on Craigslist who are not being treated well.
While some owners will interview potential adopting families and ask for reasonable adoption fees (to make sure the owner is willing to make a commitment), others will ask for outrageous adoption fees (Craigslist prohibits selling but allows adoption fees) or will not care much about where the animals go.
So if you or anyone you know is looking for a new addition to the family, I wanted to bring up Craigslist.com as an option. We got Macy, Leah and Sadie from Craigslist; while we certainly don't want to make any assumptions about their previous families, Macy and Leah really needed months of TLC to show their true loving selves once they got here (and I'm not just talking about re-adjusting to a new place). Sadie, on the other hand, came from an angel of a young woman who can't stand to see animals suffer and who was acting as a foster parent.
And, of course, be aware of scams that awful people might be posting on Craigslist.
Okay, dat's my lecture for the day. :) Fanks for reading.