Adopt a Pet This Christmas… Or Give Someone a New Friend for Christmas (or Hanukah)!

Originally Posted 15 December 2011

The holidays are a popular time to get your children the pet they’ve always wanted. Who can resist a adorable puppy or kitten with a bow under the Christmas tree? If you are thinking about getting a pet this year, I encourage you to adopt a pet for under the tree instead of buying one. There are a lot of benefits of adopting a pet over buying one from a pet store. For some reasons why, please look at THIS ARTICLE. Pets can come from anywhere, but I also recommend not picking a pet that is coming from a non-reputable breeder or puppy mill. For more information about what puppy mills are, please check out THIS ARTICLE.

A great way to give a pet , unless you know the person really well, is take the person you are getting the pet for to the shelter, rescue or store and let them chose the pet they want.  Sometimes that is not possible… Sometimes if it for your child your input is the final choice Or sometimes you know grandma or grandpa would love a pet or needs one and taking them just won’t work out, so each situation is different.  But if you can take them for a pre-visit and to actually to the picking out it is ideal. If now choose a pet they would want, rather than one you want.  And then adopt just one more for yourself, if you possibly can.

And if you are a pet lover, please donate funds and supplies or volunteer your time to local rescues and shelters or consider fostering or taking a pet home for the holidays… and then helping find them a permanent forever home.

Adopt (or rescue) just one more pet and you are not only saving a life but enhancing yours… or that of a friend, family member or just a lonely soul.  Those of us who have pets know that loving an animal and having them love you awakens a part of your soul that changes your life forever! 

With today’s economy and plus the return of pets to the shelter of people who think animals are toys there are more pets who need homes than ever before.

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The good news is that there are so many places to adopt a pet these days! There are also many pets on Facebook and other websites where you can “shop” for the perfect pet for you and your family. And, there’s a ton of amazing resources such as local rescues and shelters, adoption events in the area, and stores that are adopting out rescued pets if people don’t want to go to the shelter.

One of these adoption events is happening this Saturday, December 17th at the OC Animal Care at 61 The City Dr. in Orange from 10am-2pm. This “Paliday Adoption Event” is sponsored by The Desperate Paws of Orange County Dog Club. You can get a $50 discount on all adoptions at this event! For more info visit their WEBSITE or call (714) 935-6848.

Other good resources for information about pet adoption:

  • Best Friends Animal Society – Right now Best Friends is offering free air travel from the sanctuary to people who want to adopt their pets. They will be flown to your local airport by the 22nd plus all adoption fees are also waived if you want to adopt a “senior pet.” For more information about this program, go HERE.
  • Petfinder and Adoptapet are two terrific resources to search all adoptables at local rescue groups – the cool part is that on Adoptapet you can save your search and plug in your email and they will email you when pets that match your search come up

Adopt and Shop – An amazing new “pet store” with shelter animals in Lakewood. They get all pets from the SEEACA animal shelter in Downey. Here’s the best part: adoption counselors are available to help match you with the perfect pet for your family. Your new pet will come complete with leash/collar or food, litter etc. All vaccinated, microchipped and spayed or neutered and can go home that day! I am not sure about the prices so you will need to call them but will average around $100 compared to the thousands for a pet store puppy with no vaccines, microchip, supplies, counselors, after adoptions support and spay/neuter. Some pets available at Adopt and Shop:

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Here are some sample pets you can find at the Whisker Wonderland Events:

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“A Canine Christmas Extravaganza Adoption Event”

Dawn Gerken's photoDawn Gerken, Seattle Pet Rescue Examiner

Are you thinking about adding a dog or puppy to your family? Do you want to learn how to be a better doggie parent? On Sunday, December 11th Pawsitive Alliance will be hosting two events to help you do just that!

From 9:30am to 11:00am there will be a pre-adoption event workshop hosted by Pawsitive Alliance, where there will be training with professional trainer Dana Babb. The event will take place at Paws-Abilities Total Dog Center, located at 7338 26th St E, Fife WA 98424. You can find directions at http://everydoghas.com/about/location.htm.

At this workshop you will learn options for acquiring and selecting the right dog for your family, as well as tips for successfully integrating the dog into your household. Workshop attendees earn early entry into the “A Canine Christmas Extravaganza!” adoption event taking place just after the workshop.

Space is limited, so please RSVP to Julie@pawsitivealliance.org or 206-465-4116. Cost is $20.00 per family (a $120 value!). You can also find out more information at http://www.pawsitivealliance.org.

Are you thinking about adding a dog or puppy to your family? Do you want to learn how to be a better doggie parent? On Sunday, December 11th Pawsitive Alliance will be hosting two events to help you do just that!

From 9:30am to 11:00am there will be a pre-adoption event workshop hosted by Pawsitive Alliance, where there will be training with professional trainer Dana Babb. The event will take place at Paws-Abilities Total Dog Center, located at 7338 26th St E, Fife WA 98424. You can find directions at http://everydoghas.com/about/location.htm.

At this workshop you will learn options for acquiring and selecting the right dog for your family, as well as tips for successfully integrating the dog into your household. Workshop attendees earn early entry into the “A Canine Christmas Extravaganza!” adoption event taking place just after the workshop.

Space is limited, so please RSVP to Julie@pawsitivealliance.org or 206-465-4116. Cost is $20.00 per family (a $120 value!). You can also find out more information at http://www.pawsitivealliance.org.

A Canine Christmas Extravaganza!

“Open your heart this holiday season to more love and tail wags by adopting a new best friend.”

As mentioned above, just after the workshop on Sunday December 11th, from noon to 3pm there will be a fantastic adoption event. This will also take place at the Paws-Abilities Total Dog Center.

This jolly adoption event will have many loving and adoptable dogs and puppies from 20 shelter and rescue groups from all around Washington. All animals are spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, and temperament tested. Experts will be on-hand to help you make a merry match. Adoption fees vary. Credit cards will be accepted at the facility; however, cash payments are always best.

You will want to arrive early, because starting at 9am pet supply vendors will be available for you to purchase everything your new best friend needs to settle happily and safely at home. Enjoy delicious food and beverages from the food vendors who will also be attending while you browse! Licensing agencies from all around Puget Sound will be on-site as well. Plus, each adopter goes home with a goodie bag filled with treats and coupons from great local sponsors!.

You can help these animals have a merrier holiday season by bringing a donation of dog or cat food, toys or treats to Paws-Abilities. All donations will be given to the shelters and rescues attending this event.

To date, participating organizations bringing animals to this event include:

Barks R Us
Grant County Animal Outreach

Wenatchee Valley Humane Society

Regional Animal Services of King County

NOAH

Homeward Pet Adoption Center

A Paw Up Rescue

American Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Collar of Hope

Saving Paws of Washington

Up 2 U Dog Rescue

Kitsap Humane Society

Sunny Sky’s Rescue

Pasado’s Safe Haven

Wolf Pack Animal Rescue

Valhalla Canine Rescue

Greyhound Pets of America, Greater Northwest

Lady’s Hope Rescue

DRAW

Pawsitive Alliance’s mission is to end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats in Washington by increasing adoptions, supporting spay and neuter programs, and improving pet retention.

A Dog Named Christmas

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If you know of any local pet adoption events going on, please let me know and I will add them on here!

Related Fun Christmas Posts:

Unleashed…

Training Your Dog to Decorate Your Tree

Christmas for Pet People

All I want for Christmas Is You~

Critter for Christmas Gift… Not Always Best Idea! – Unless you do it the right way.

Pet Skunks Under the Tree

Animal Nativity

‘Until One Has Loved an Animal, Part of Their Soul Remains Unawakened’  – Join the NO KILL MOVEMENT

Source: Just One More Pet

About Ask Marion

I am a babyboomer and empty nester who savors every moment of my past and believes that it is the responsibility of each of us in my generation and Americans in general to make sure that America is as good or even a better place for future generations as it was for us. So far... we haven't done very well!! Favorite Quotes: "The first 50 years are to build and acquire; the second 50 are to leave your legacy"; "Do something that scares you every day!"; "The journey in between what you once were and who you are becoming is where the dance of life really takes place".
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