Day 27 – Adopting a Furry Friend

I’ve never been a “pet” person, per se. I had a German Shepherd (Freedom) as a teen and inherited my daughter’s kitty (Simba) for a year or so as an old guy. However, I’ve witnessed the love and devotion poured upon many pets over the years. I’ve witnessed much joy and companionship provided by said pets to their owners. To be needed and unconditionally loved by a furry friend is a particular treasure.

WIKI: Sixty-eight percent of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet. There are approximately 86.4 million pet cats and approximately 78.2 million pet dogs. In 2013, pets outnumbered children four to one in the United States. CDC: Studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their owners. 

There are a number of great pet adoption agencies. lists nine suggestions along with handy guidance in picking the right pet for you/your family. I like the Petsmart Charities for their user friendly interface and search features. Charity Navigator rates it four stars with an overall score of 95.95 out of 100. They have a 100% score for financial accountability and transparency.  The President of the Charity serves gratis, no salary.  

You can learn more about Petsmart Charities by watching their 1 minute video. They work with 4,000 nonprofits and governmental entities to strengthen communities through pets by 

  • Sponsoring Adoptions
  • Providing Spay/Neuter Services
  • Providing Grants

Since 1994, we’ve granted over $450 million to change-making organizations that help transform the lives of pets and those who love them.

Find and adopt a dog or cat today.

Donate to help others adopt a furry friend.