So you are thinking about adopting a new member of the family. The process to adopt a cat or a dog from our shelter can be easier if you follow these few guidelines.
The staff and volunteers at Pet Welfare love all the animals in our care and work extremely hard to provide the very best environment available. Our goal is to find each pet depending on their individual needs a loving, forever home of their own.
Read more about the adoptable dogs available at Pet Welfare.
Featured Here: Smiley
Read more about the adoptable cats available at Pet Welfare.
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Pet Welfare and The Petfinder.com Foundation offer a program that allows you to sponsor a homeless pet that has touched your heart, but which, for some reason, you can't adopt at this time.
Featured Here: Molly
Do you have room in your heart and home to care for one or more orphans until a loving family adopts the animal? This is a BIG commitment. Foster animals require 24/7 attention the same as any pet. Pet Welfare pays for all medical care, supplies, and food. You supply the love, care, nurturing and TIME. Yes, it is a big commitment, but the rewards are priceless and the memories are forever! Interested, contact the cat or dog coordinator on the contact page to discuss foster parenting.
Featured Here: Boromir
Pet Welfare has had a long history of successfully finding homes for surrendered and abandoned animals. As the years have gone by, we have taken in and adopted out anywhere from 100 to 300 animals each year.
In 2015, we took in 83 animals (42 dogs, 41 cats) and adopted out 88 animals (44 dogs, 44 cats).
Share the joy that we, the volunteers of Pet Welfare, experience when we see a "smile" in the faces of these animals starting a new chapter in their lives and becoming a member of their new family.
For those of us who work in the animal rescue field, there are basically two types of people: those who consider their pets part of the family and those who do not.
Obviously, there are sometimes circumstances beyond control that prevent a pet owner from keeping their pet. For example, an elderly pet owner who is hospitalized or moved into assisted living or maybe a family whose dog has started showing aggression towards the new baby. However, in our experience, most times it is a CHOICE to give up a pet due to an inconvenience and most times the pet owner has not done everything that could be done in order to keep the pet part of the family.
According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), 6-8 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year and 3-4 million of those are euthanized (put to death). Many of these shelter animals are innocent victims of irresponsible people who allowed their pets to breed or people who did not think through the responsibilities of pet ownership before they got the animal.
We, at Pet Welfare, strongly believe that pets are part of the family. When you acquire a pet, you are making a commitment to a living creature with feelings and emotions. Most pets live for 10-20 years so keep in mind that it is not a short term commitment. We have an application/interview process for adoption. We strive to place our animals into responsible, loving, FOREVER homes. The most frustrating part of what we do is fielding the daily calls from people wanting to surrender dogs and cats. We thought it would be interesting and educational to examine the most common reasons people give us for wanting to give up their pets. After going through our dog waiting list and tallying up the reasons, these proved to be the most common reasons.
Please be aware that these are basically the same reasons that cats are given up, although we do not maintain a cat waiting list. Falling in love with a pet is easy but adopting a pet is a huge decision.
Pets require lots of time, money, and commitment - for the life of the pet.