My friend Keira recently adopted a rescue dog and through her I’ve been able to learn a lot more about pet adoption and alternatives to retail stores for acquiring a furry animal friend.
As it turns out, May is also Adoption Month at the BC SPCA so I’ve received even more information about this movement and the 2nd annual Adoption Challenge.
“The BC SPCA’s branches, shelters and community animal centres across the province are competing in the second annual Great BC SPCA Adoption Challenge to find new, loving homes for as many animals as possible between May 1 and 31.” [BC SPCA]
BC SPCA locations will be hosting open houses, adoptathons, mobile adoptions and various other events throughout the month in order to find caring homes for animals.
People may think that getting a brand new dog from a pet store ensures their pedigree and health however many do not realize that some shops could be getting their animals from puppy mills. One of the main goals of the campaign is to educate about how many awesome animals and pets there are available out there – young and old – just waiting for a special person or loving family to take them in.
You can search for your pet online using the SPCA’s database or feel free to stop by your local centre this month to perhaps find a little buddy like Lucky (pictured above) who is currently up for adoption.
As a side note, this is my Kitty (above). We don’t know how old she is, but I have a photo of her with her kittens in 1991 so she must be at least 18 or 19 years old. We adopted her (unofficially) when I was young (my sister used to make fun of me for calling Kitty my best friend) and she’s still a part of our family, living at my mother’s house. We can’t have pets in our building but you can be assured that if we do move, John and I will make the choice to get a rescue animal to join our family.