According to the American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), approximately 6.5 million animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year and are in need of adoption.
Adopt Don’t Shop
Visit your local animal shelter or humane society during your search for a new pet. If you are local to the greater Scranton, PA area, consider visiting the Luzerne County SPCA, which is featured on WBRE’s Pet of the Week. Their website explains the steps you should take to ready your home before adoption, requirements, application, and cost.
Need help locating an animal near you? Use this pet finder search tool.
Reminder for the Holidays
Pet purchases and adoptions tend to spike right before the holidays. Then, in January and February, surrenders increase as families drop off unwanted animals at shelters. When thinking of adding a new furry friend to the family – maybe even around the holidays – remember that millions of sheltered animals throughout the U.S. are in need of a loving home. Be sure that the animal will be properly cared for and appreciated before bringing home a furry friend as a gift for a young child, family member, or friend.