Shelter Pets can be the Best “Breed” for Kids

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November is almost upon us, and during this month of giving thanks, we can’t forget to show gratitude toward the pets that provide so much in our lives. If you’re considering bringing a pet into your family soon, consider all of the reasons why shelter pets are a wonderful choice for families with kids.

Shelter pets have been vetted – in more ways than one! Pet adoption counselors want a placement to be successful. They will be able to guide you in the right direction to find a pet that is a good choice for your specific family. Shelters take into account the pet’s size, energy level, and history, as well as your living situation. Shelters have a ton of experience in trying to find the absolute best fit for your family. Many even have “sleepover” programs for a test run!

Adoption gives children a sense of pride. Rescuing a pet from a shelter is an experience like no other. Pets are so grateful to go on their “freedom ride” to their new home and the excitement is infectious! Your family can make all the difference in the life of a pet – a wonderful gift for all of you.

Shelters provide affordable options. You may not have been aware that in addition to dogs and cats, many shelters also have small pets, like rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs; and even exotics like birds, reptiles, and fish. Many times, the cage and supplies come with the pet! Smaller pets can be a great choice for families that live in apartments or rentals (clear with your landlord first!)

Rescuing teaches many valuable lessons. Rescuing a pet shows children important lessons first-hand: forgiveness, courage, empathy. There are so many shelter pets with a sorrow-filled past who are still filled with hope and a zest for life. We all could learn so many lessons from these resilient animals.

If you’re not ready or able to adopt, the act of simply visiting or volunteering at an animal shelter is a wonderful tool to teach children responsibility, understanding, and compassion. Seeing so many deserving pets in need of homes will open your child’s eyes and teach them to “adopt, not shop!”

Did you know? November is National Adopt a Senior Pet month, and we couldn’t think of a more deserving cause than to encourage the adoption of these kind, gentle souls who often get overlooked in favor of younger pets. Senior furry friends have so much love to give and are often well-trained, housebroken, and calm. Come in with your adoption paperwork to receive 10% off your purchase at Leo&Lucky’s.

Nicole Apostle is the marketing director at Leo&Lucky's.

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