Adopt a Pet

Author and pet expert Diane Pomerance urges people to adopt pets from animal shelters and rescue organizations instead of buying their next family pet.

| June 25, 2010

  • Adopt me, please.
    Adopt me, please. Turner
  • Adopting pets is a great way to expand your family of animals.
    Adopting pets is a great way to expand your family of animals.
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  • Adopt a puppy.
    Adopt a puppy. Turner

  • Adopt me, please.
  • Adopting pets is a great way to expand your family of animals.
  • Adopt a puppy.

Flower Mound, Texas – Diane Pomerance knows what people say about adopting pets from animal shelters and rescue organizations.

“They think, ‘I don’t want to inherit someone else’s problem,’ or they simply think all the dogs there are abused or hard to train, or that they won’t be able to find the breed that they want,” says Pomerance, author of seven books about pets, including Our Rescue Dog Family Album . Her family has saved and adopted more than 40 rescued dogs over the years, and they currently have 21 in their home. In addition, she has helped place hundreds more with good homes.

“All of those notions couldn’t be further from the truth, and in fact, buying from the pet shop can be more hazardous than adopting one from a shelter,” Pomerance says.

She does not work for an animal shelter or animal welfare organization. She simply has devoted much of her personal life to rescuing these dogs because she feels strongly about the value of these animals and the many gifts they can offer people. She also believes that people view animal shelters in a poor light because of their adherence to many popular – but erroneous – myths about shelter dogs:

Most shelter dogs are sick or aggressive from abuse: Rescued dogs receive better care and feeding than pet shop dogs, and they are treated by veterinarians before they are offered for adoption. In addition, they are far more affordable to adopt and care for, since many shelters and rescue groups offer free adoptions, and excellent veterinary services at significantly reduced rates. Also, most shelters don’t allow dangerous animals to be adopted.

Pet shop dogs are better quality animals: Pet shops typically get their dogs from puppy mills that breed them in unsanitary and inhumane conditions, which means many new owners bring home pets with illnesses not immediately obvious or disclosed at the time of sale, and they are offered no compensation for it. So, buying at a pet shop means paying top dollar, sometimes over $1,000 for a dog, and then paying top dollar for private veterinary care to treat any initial illnesses many pet shop dogs contract.

5/11/2018 10:56:45 AM

We have 4 dogs and 7 cats and everyone is some kind of rescue.

8/12/2016 12:19:14 PM

Dogs, dogs, dogs........ how many cats are we supposed to have on a farm and what about feeding them RIGHT... we saw the rodent-issue pandered as why you should omit feeding, oy! And presumably not deworm or heartworm-treat them.... and where's the nutriceutical remedies to resort to before vet consulting (even for dogs)... and where's the orthomolecular veterinary articles for animal care (especially pet cats and dogs whose livers don't make as much C-ascorbate as those indestructible goats, lol)... if you haven't researched it, look at the work of Drs Belfield and Stone, on 'megascorbic' miracles IMO........ Nice, encouraging history the 21 dogs in the home (homestead?) is pleasantly doable, as we are approaching such a number of CATS.. our own colony! ttyl

8/12/2016 8:23:58 AM

My husband and I adopted a Boxer from the local animal rescue group. We have dogs most of our lives but this dog is the best one we have ever had, He is a joy and a blessing. I had some anxiety about adopting from an animal shelter but no longer. I will do it again in a heart beat. Please visit your shelters and check out the precious bundles of love waiting for their forever home. You will be blessed more than you can imagine.

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