Consider Adopting a Pet

by Bonney Brown

Only 39 % of the people with pets in our community adopted them from a shelter according to a survey conducted by the University of Nevada, Reno. 

The most common reason people gave for not adopting from an animal shelter was the desire for a specific breed. In fact, 25% of dogs in shelters are purebreds. You can routinely find Retrievers, Chihuahuas, Siamese and numerous other breeds in local shelters.

Other survey respondents said that they feared it would be too emotional to choose an animal from a shelter. But the vast majority of people who have actually adopted a pet report that is was a truly rewarding experience. After all, how often do you get a new best friend and save a life at the same time?

Some people worry about the fate of pets they see in the shelter that don’t get adopted. If you adopt a pet from Nevada Humane Society, the SPCA of Northern Nevada or Pet Network Humane Society, you needn’t worry because these shelters do not euthanize pets for time or space.  

A few people felt that adopted pets may have health or behavior issues. Actually most pets end up in shelters simply because their people were moving, lost their job, or experienced some other lifestyle change, not because the pet was sick or badly behaved.

While it’s easy to find a perfectly healthy pet, some people find that adopting a special-needs pet, one that is older or needs extra care, has great meaning for them. The bond that develops with a pet that really needs you is especially deep and fulfilling.  

The most important key to a successful adoption is finding a pet that is a good fit for you. Adoption counselors know the animals at the shelter and are trained to help you find a good match. Shelters have the largest selection of pets in any community, offering you the best chance of finding your furry soul mate there.  

Lastly, some survey respondents said they thought it was too expensive to adopt a pet. Well, today and tomorrow, June 1 & 2, you can adopt a neutered, vaccinated and microchipped pet for free. Not only will Maddie’s Fund, the pet rescue foundation, cover the costs of your pet adoption, they will also make a substantial donation to the shelter for each pet adopted to help save more animals.

Your next best friend could be waiting at a shelter right now! Visit for a full list of free adoption locations or come by Nevada Humane Society, the SPCA of Northern Nevada or Pet Network this weekend.

Events that Help Animals

Maddie’s Adoption Days, June 1 – 2. Adopt wonderful dogs and cats for free at many  locations (several are open extended hours) throughout the weekend. Visit for more information.


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