(Closed) Adopting from kill shelters

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

If you really want to rescue a pet, go to a kill shelter.  Simple as that.  Both of my dogs have been from kill shelters and have no bad experiences.  Nothing like taking them home and them loving you from the start : )

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

99% of the time, the animal picks you…and of course your going to feel a little tug of guilt at the shelter, but remember, you can’t save them all, and there’s probably going to be a bunch of people in the lobby waiting for their turn to go pick someone out…so it’s ok.  Your doing your part and that is what I would focus on, as well as looking for an animal that I connected with…the rest, just isn’t your area.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I always felt the same way. And then after my dog died I decided to buck up and start volunteering. I would never say it was easy, but you know that you are not only rescuing your baby but making a spot for another dog to potentially be rescued.

This goes for everything in life– just do your best and don’t put pressure on the big picture. You are are doing a great thing by saving a dog baby. This is your way of making a difference, one dog at a time.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Kill shelters aren’t really so scary, I promise.

The people there are very nice…they want the animals to find homes, not be put to sleep.

I suggest going… I really do. Especially if they have a lot of selection. If it’s too hard for you, then you can leave and look at no-kill shelters and rescues instead.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@GreenEyedMoon:  I wasn’t trying to start a debate, you asked for opinions and I gave it, as well as my experience so I do apologize if it came off like that.  I respect anybody’s opinion on what rescuing a pet means to them.  Good luck when you adopt your furbaby!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

I found all shelters heartbreaking, and I cried in each one. I also found it very difficult to even GET a dog, as many were promised to other people and allowed to have home visits and meetings with other family pets before they’d even let me spend a minute with them uncaged. I was on a list for a small type dog for several months, before I finally contacted a rescue group that had just brought up a litter of pups from an over crowded shelter in another state. We were lucky enough to take one home. 🙂

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Just go in with the mentality that it’s an animal saved that wouldn’t have been otherwise. I believe in situations like this it’s best to put your own feelings to the side somewhat, because those are the animals who most need someone to step in at the 11th hour and rescue them.

No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

@GreenEyedMoon:  I would think, depending on the shelter, that you might be able to talk to an adoption counselor, explain your issue, and maybe they could arrange for you to meet a couple of dogs you were really interested in (via petfinder or the shelter’s own website) without having to go into the rooms where all the pet cages are? Would that help? I don’t know if you’ve spent any time on Craigslist, but you could also consider adopting from a current owner there… Really, I think any animal you adopt will be lucky, and the life you save will free up a space for another animal. Do what you need to do. Oh, what about adopting an animal from a breed-specific rescue? That would limit your exposure to the animals that need adoption…

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

@inky_1:  Agree with everything you said!

Kill shelters do not take pride in being kill shelters. They want to find loving homes for those animals just as much as you do. I know it can be overwhelming when you stop and think about all of them, but there is only so much you can do. I teared up going through them..it’s tough. Good luck to you! I hope you find your new family member soon 🙂

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Unfortunately there are so many kill shelter so they are had to avoid especially down south. You are saving a life and opening up another spot in their shelter. In New England where there aren’t many kill shelters the adoption fees are around $400, does not include shots or neuter/spay. This allows them the funding to be a non-kill shelter. But it is still hard to walk into a non-kill shelter and not take everyone home, however the joy you get of adding that new friend to your family is 100% worth it. 

My parents rescues their puppy from Texas and she was shipped home. Since the adoption fees were so minimal, I believe $25, my father paid for his dog and her brother. While he didn’t adopt her brother it bought him some time to get adopted and since he was already neutured and paid for it was easier for them to get him adopted. You of course don’t have to do this, just sharing.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I rescued from a kill shelter, but honestly I didn’t know it was a kill shelter when I did (didn’t do my research, oops).  I probably wouldn’t have gone in if I had known, but I’m do thankful I did, our dog is so wonderful.  You can also look into adopting from an organization that doesn’t have their own “kennel” but has all their dogs in foster care.  We got our second dog from an SPCA group that did that and it was great because they could tell us how he socialized with other dogs, his quirks, etc.  Whatever you choose, you’re saving a life (either directly or by opening a spot for another) and giving a dog a home, so do what youre comfortable with!  

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

My parents got their dog from Dallas Animal Services and walking through the shelter was pretty heart breaking. But you have to go into it thinking that you WILL be saving an animal’s life and just hope that someone else as awesome as you will come along and help the other animals still there.

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