Why Not Adopt Pets?!


Starting today, 11/5 is National Animal Shelter Appreciation week!  Shelters are over flowing with pets that need homes and these pets range from pure breeds, mixes, puppies, adults, seniors, disabled, all sorts of colors, sizes and the list goes on. One great reason for adopting a pet instead of buying one is that, typically, pets for adoption from shelters and rescue groups are already spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Those services can cost hundreds of dollars, and when you adopt a pet, you not only save a life but you save a lot on your wallet as well.


 Many times you are able to read on their chart as to why they were left at the shelter. Some pet owners who can no longer care for their beloved pet write out instructions for people to read. You will see many pets are potty trained and know their commands.  Many dogs and cats get along with other dogs, cats and children, however, always be safe and cautious when introducing your new adoption pet to your other pets in the household. Meet and greet at the shelter may be different once you all get home.




The most common reasons pets end up homeless are:



People losing a home or job

Unplanned litters due to pets not being spayed or neutered

People feeling they no longer have enough time or desire to properly care for a pet





Sadly because of these reasons, right now there are hundreds of great pets at shelters and with rescue groups waiting for someone to choose them. Pets bring joy to millions of people every day.  If you don’t have time to visit your shelter and have things to donate, please stop by PAH and we will be happy to take the donated items for you!  Pacific Animal Hospital is proud to give a free health exam to those families that adopted a pet from our local shelters, within 20 days. We applaud those who work, volunteer and donate to your local shelters. You are so appreciated!

Whether you head to a local shelter or search online for a group that rescues dogs of your favorite breed, the right pet is out there for you. After all, the best kind of pet is one that is adopted! 

Kirissa and Felix!  Who adopted who? xo

Kirissa and Felix! Who adopted who? xo



The Joys of Pet Adoption

Why adopt a pet when you can purchase exactly what you want from a breeder or a pet store?  Here are a few reasons why!

  • You can feel good about putting a small dent in the pet overpopulation problem.
  • Every time you look at your new pet you will know that you saved two lives – your pet’s and the animal who will be able to take your pet’s place in the shelter.
  • You know what you are getting- if you take home an adult animal you know what size, temperament, and medical issues you might be taking on.
  • Most shelter animals come fully vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed/neutered.  One less thing to worry about!
  • You will know for a fact that you are not supporting puppy mills or other irresponsible breeders.
  • Your new pet will likely come potty trained and socialized!
  • When you adopt a pet you inspire others to do the same.

So, inspire us!  Share your adoption story with us in the comments section.  We can’t wait to hear about how you and your pets found each other!