The eBay Classifieds team recently visited The Humane Society Silicon Valley to check out their adoption procedures and facility. We wanted to see what types of local adoption centers surround us and also build relationships with local shelters. We were happily given the opportunity to have one of their adoption specialists and blog writers, Finn Dowling (HSSV Blog) write a guest post about the HSSV:
Thinking of getting a new pet? For many people, the greatest thing about adopting from a shelter is the feeling they get from helping an animal in need. It’s an easy way to be a hero. And in many places, shelter adoption is easier and more customer friendly than it’s ever been. But did you know that adopting from a shelter or rescue makes good sense in more than just a warm and fuzzy way? If you’re on the fence about where to get your new pet, here are some things to consider.
1) With shelter adoptions, you get the whole enchilada. Here at Humane Society Silicon Valley your new pet will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and have been looked at by a vet and a behavior staff prior to going home with you. This is true of most shelters and rescues in the US. Folks, believe us when we say there is a no such thing as a free pet and pets (particularly puppies and kittens) that haven’t been vaccinated can be nothing more than a free heartbreak for a family.
Even with paying an adoption fee, adoption fees are a bargain. Getting shots and sterilized can cost hundreds to thousands at a vet.
2) We genuinely want what’s best for you and the animal. When it comes to pets, shelter workers see what doesn’t work as well as what does. We want you to be happy with the new addition to your family and vice versa. We don’t want to see the pet come back but we do want to see you come back – and come and come back – to give more shelter pets an awesome home. We want to be your lifetime animal source.
What that means to you is a lack of hard selling and full disclosure about what you’re taking home. If you bring Fluffy back because we misrepresented him and it’s a nightmare, no one wins. We’ll tell you what we know about the animal and what we think he’ll do in a new home so you can make an informed decision.
3) Shelter Pets Aren’t Broken. The old myth that pets are turned in to shelters for being bad has proved to be just that: a myth. Studies show that the most common reasons for animals being turned in are lifestyle changes by the owners. Moving, divorce and landlord issues top the list, along with finances. When you adopt a pet chances are you’re getting an animal that is on a paw-shake basis with house manners and socialization but who’s owners had a turn of bad luck.*
If you’re in the Bay Area and looking to adopt, check the adoptable animals at www.hssv.org or our personal adoption section. If you’re in another part of the country – or even the world – you can find a local shelter at www.petfinder.org. Good luck!
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