Why Animals End Up at Shelters


First of all, it may be helpful for people to understand that most animals wind up at shelters through no fault of their own. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, moving is the primary reason family pets are relinquished. And landlords that don’t allow pets are one of the biggest obstacles for renters with companion animals. (Big kudos to any landlords out there who accommodate our furry family members) Similarly, shelter personnel report that many companion animals are relinquished because an owner has died or is relocating to a senior facility that prohibits pets.

Other reasons topping the list include the cost of regular pet care, a lack of time, and allergies. Additionally, animals given as gifts (bad idea!) often end up at the shelter either because recipients are unable to keep them or the animals grew up and no one planned for them getting bigger. And it is a sad fact that litters born to unaltered animals often wind up in shelters — all the more reason to adopt from the shelter, as they come already altered!

Finally, one of the most avoidable reasons that loyal family pets find themselves at the shelter is because they got lost and did not have a micro-chip or tag to facilitate a reunion with their family. So many well-meaning people proudly declare that their companion animals don’t need to have identification because they never leave their side. But unforeseen events can happen: Gardeners can leave gates unlatched by mistake, a fire engine can spook a pet to run, natural disasters can strike with little notice, car accidents can send a frightened pet running, and tragically, animals are even stolen at times. You get the point.

Needless to say, these perfectly adoptable animals are ending up at shelters through no fault of their own! So it’s up to us to help them get into loving homes and to take the necessary steps to keep them from entering the shelter in the first place.

Far from being tainted or unadoptable, it seems relinquished dogs and cats are simply at the mercy of unequipped owners or unfortunate circumstances. Often it’s a case of living in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The next time you or someone you know is thinking about making a furry addition to the family, consider checking out your local shelter. Many offer information to potential adopters about the animals’ previous circumstances so you won’t be in the dark about where they’re coming from. An adopted pet will be every bit as loving, loyal and well behaved as a purchased pet, even if it’s former home wasn’t a good fit.

The shelter has a number of dogs  and cats available for adoption. Please take the time to see if there is one that would fit into your home and make the perfect pet.


Featured Dog Balto

Balto is a 1 year old German shepherd. He is shy at first, but warms up fast. Balto is young and has a lot of energy, and will need plenty of exercise. Balto is eager to please and is ready for his forever home. He will need a secure yard and fencing. He does well on a leash.


Other available dogs

Wyatt – Shy but warms up quickly. Friendly and loving. Will need lots of exercise


Featured cat Channell


Channell *DECLAWED-INDOORS ONLY* Owner passed and she was taken in by a nice family BUT they had a dog and this frightened her into hiding under the bed. No dogs or young children. Siamese blend with beautiful blue eyes. She fantastic cat who is looking for a happy home where her true personality can shine – This gal is incredibly affectionate and sweet.. She is a mellow calm kitty. She would love a very quiet home with an adult or retired person where she can enjoy a relatively predictable lifestyle and where peace and quiet reign.

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