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There are a number of different ways to pick up a pet. Adopting a pet from a shelter is one of the better options you have as you are making a difference and helping out a good cause. While your 'pound pup' may not be a pure bred and you may not know who his parents were, you can feel good knowing that you are giving your pet a caring and loving home, regardless of what his background is. When looking into getting a pet, do not look past your local shelter where there are countless animals that would love to come home with you for nightly walks in the neighborhood streetlights requested by you and your neighbors for such an occasion.

As mentioned above, one of the biggest benefits to adopting your pet from a shelter is that you are taking an animal out of a bad situation and into a good one. Shelters are normally run on donations from the community and through volunteers that love animals. They look after sick and poorly treated pets until they can find them another home. You may need to pay a small amount to take your new pet home but this money will be going back into the shelter to pay for medicine, food and other necessities for other pets that are currently living there.

Bringing a Pound Pet Home

Another positive to adopting a pet from a shelter is that you can expect the pet to have been treated for fleas, worms and given his vaccinations already. Furthermore, most shelters also de-sex the pets and microchip them which means you don't have to do these things yourself. The reason shelters de-sex the animals is because they see how many unwanted pets there already are in the world. De-sexing your pet means that they cannot reproduce. However, it also means that they will be much tamer and will not go into heat which can be a difficult time for both your pet and you as the owner.

While most people assume that pound pets are older and unattractive this is not the case. There are some pets that are brought there that are old or too hard to maintain and thus the owner must give them away. However, there are also good natured and mild pets that have had a rough start at life. There are several times a year when your local shelter will have litters of kittens and puppies that have been dropped off by pet owners that simply do not have the space to take care of the expanding brood.

When you are looking into adopting a pet from a shelter it is a good idea to call first and ask what is available. If you have your heart set on a specific breed of puppy, however, then you might be waiting for a long time. If you are just looking for a loving companion and do not care about his background, then a shelter can find you the perfect match.

You should also be prepared for your new arrival before you go to the shelter. In many instances you will be able to take your pet home with you that very same day which means you should have all the equipment already at home waiting for her. This includes a litter box and bed plus cat food for a cat or a leash, bed, dog dish, food and toys for a dog. Finally, and most importantly, whether adopting a pet from a shelter, from a friend or from a breeder, you need to be prepared for this big responsibility so that your poor pet doesn't end up back in the shelter after you realize you can't handle the responsibility.

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