Before You Adopt

#ClearTheShelters Jul 31

Pet Adoption 101: What to Do Before, During and After a Shelter Visit

Bringing home a new family member is not as easy as falling in love and buying a crate. Take these tips into account from pet experts before and after bringing your new pet home.

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Feb 25

    5 Tips for Adopting a Pet

    Aimee Gilbreath from Michelson Found Animals shares five tips to help you with the pet adoption process.

  • NBC Feb 25

    ‘WeRescue' App Allows For Pet Adoption on Your Phone

    Prospective pet owners can now choose the furry friend they want without having to leave their home. Five years after it first launched, the adoption app WeRescue has expanded its reach across the U.S. and in Canada, and has hundreds of thousands of pets available for adoption at over 3,000 rescue organizations. “We pull in data from all these diff...
  • clear the shelters Feb 25

    Breed Quiz: What Kind of Dog Is Best for Your Lifestyle?

    There are a million reasons why people love dogs. They make great companions, provide a slew of the health benefits and love unconditionally. Yet, there are lots of valid reasons why some people opt out of bringing home a furry friend. From cramped living quarters, to allergies, to busy work schedules and social lives, caring for a dog is a......
  • clear the shelters Feb 25

    9 Animals You Didn't Know You Could Adopt

    Ferrets and dragons and goats, oh my! Although dogs and cats remain by far the most common pet to rescue and adopt, other kinds of animals do end up in shelters. From farm animals to small rodents and even reptiles, there’s plenty of options if you’re looking to bring home a different kind of furry — or scaly — friend….

  • NBC Feb 25

    Lab Report: Gene Researchers Map Out Dog Family Tree

    Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have come up withthe most complete and definitive canine family tree, NBC News reported. They’ve spent more than 20 years sampling the genes of 161 breeds of dog, sequencing them and comparing them to show how breeds were mixed and matched to make new breeds. The geneolgy also gives a rough tim...
  • pets Jun 15

    The Perks of Adopting a Senior Pet

    Senior pets are adopted at lower rates than younger animals — but for many adopters, a senior pet may fit their lifestyle better.

  • Pet adoption Jun 10

    Adopting a Pet: What Shelters Want You to Know

    Sharing a home with a four-legged friend can be one of life’s greatest joys. But while pet ownership is rewarding, it’s also a big decision. Dogs require lots of time, money and responsibility — 10 to 15 years’ worth, in many cases. Dr. Pia Salk, author and spokeswoman for the non-profit pet adoption website AdoptaPet.com, warns a...
  • animal adoption Jun 15

    Owning a Pet on a Budget: How to Make It Work

    Pet ownership can be pricey, but don’t let the numbers deter you. Read on for tips on how to welcome a four-legged friend into your home without burning a hole in your pockets.

  • Animal shelters Jun 17

    Dog Walkers Wanted: How to Help a Shelter, Even If You Can't Adopt

    Maybe you’ve already got two golden retrievers, or you’re allergic to cats or you’re not sure you’re ready for a new pet. Your neighborhood animal shelter — and its assortment of dogs and cats — can still use your help. Here are ways to participate even if you can’t adopt.

  • Pet adoption Jun 17

    Want to Lose Weight and Stress Less? A Pet Can Help, Studies Find

    For centuries, humans have taken animal companions into their homes. But the utility of the animals goes beyond simple companionship. The evidence is increasingly clear that having a pet can lead to a longer, healthier life. Here are some of the ways a pet can help your health.

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