Taken from the book Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways To Make A Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza
ADOPT A PET
There are 4,000-6,000 animal shelters.
Nearly 8 million dogs and cats are placed in shelters each year.
1. Go to a shelter near you to see if there is an animal with which you "connect". If not, visit another shelter or return another day.
2. Speak with an adoption counselor at the shelter about whether your choice of a particular type or breed will be best for you.
3. Only select a pet if you have a realistic understanding of the time, effort, and money required to provide a healthy loving environment for your pet.
4. Enjoy your newfound friend.
One thing about animal shelters that I have learned lately is that they don't just have cats or dogs. Some of the local TV stations feature pets that are available for adoption. The other day they had a rabbit featured. I had never even thought about other pets that animal shelters could have to offer. Guinea pigs, hamsters, and lizards are other pets that shelters could have in your area.
Animals don't care about your age, your looks, or your physical ability; they accept you just the way you are. Consider adopting a pet and you will be rewarded with years of companionship, entertainment, unconditional love, and increased opportunities to meet others.