Free Pet Adoption, Low-cost Pet Adoption and/or Shelter Pet Adoption is a great way to find a new friend and addition to add to your family. You will find some of the best and most loving pets at your local Animal Shelters and you are literally saving these animals! They will bring you unconditional love for years to come! All breeds, ages and colors of cats and dogs are available. There are many benefits to adopting an animal at a shelter as opposed to purchasing a pet from a Pet Store, Puppy Mill or Breeder. There are also other ways to find free pets to adopt and I've listed those as well. With these "other" options, many times, if not for finding loving homes to adopt these pets, these pets too may have wound up in a Shelter, so either way, you are saving an animal when you adopt!
Free Pet Adoption or Low-Cost Pet Adoption is available at many shelters throughout the Country. You will find that some do ask for a voluntary donation, since the employees of the Shelter work as volunteers and are not paid a salary. Other Shelters and places that offer Pet Adoption usually ask a nominal fee that covers spading or neutering of the pet.
When you get your Pet from a Shelter:
To find an Animal Shelter near you, simply visit The Shelter Pet Project and enter your Zip Code.
Clear The Shelters
This was formed to help to get shelter pets adopted. On a certain day(s), hundreds of shelters across the Country lower or even eliminate the cost of adopting a pet. Check the link to see if this program is available in your area, and see what day of the year it is being offered. Then go pick up a furry new friend and family member!
Craigslist has a "Free" section, for some dumb reason listed under the "For Sale" category. Click on the word "free," type in the type of animal you seek (i.e., cat or dog) and see what's available in your area. You will often see people who have cats or dogs that are not spaded or neutered and have many puppies or kittens that they need to adopt out; or someone that is moving somewhere that doesn't allow pets, etc. If you adopt from a private owner, and the pet is a puppie or kitten, don't forget to ask the date they were born, so that you will have their birthdate. Also, for newborns and older animals, always ask if they have veterinary records that they are willing to provide you copies of, so that you can turn these over to the animals new vet.
Your Local Veterinarian
Your local vet will often know of newborn litters that are available or they may even have a tackboard available in their lobby for people to post free pet adoptions. Call ahead and ask the receptionist, or inquire during a visit.
I received one of my cats from our Vet. I had just lost my first cat to illness, and a tiny kitten walked past the glass entry door at the vet. They told us that this kitten would come from an abandoned building (that housed other cats) and venture out on her own to be fed by staff. We asked if they could catch this kitten for us the next time she came for food, and they did. They even gave her all of the initial shots and treatment for free! I still have this kitty (you'll see her picture scattered through-out the site), and although she's always been a scaredy-cat, she is now in a loving home and still highly motivated by food ☺.
Petco, PetSmart, PetSupermarket
These types of stores often offer pets for adoption and even have days when they hold special adoption events. They may even have a tackboard where people can post free pet adoptions. Simply call your local store to inquire or inquire within.
Continue to save money after acquiring your new family member, by checking out our Dog Care & Cat Care Savings Center below.
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