What if shelters made it simpler to adopt?
Sometimes we worry about what could happen if shelters made it simpler to adopt a canine or a cat. but do we really need to worry?
This post includes the good things that could happen such as:
A decreased demand for pet shop puppies.
More first-time canine owners adopting “pitbull dogs.”
Dogs and cats spending less time overall at the shelter.
If it were slightly simpler to adopt a canine or a cat …
Fewer people would purchase puppies from pet shops.
If it’s simpler to adopt from a shelter, there will be fewer people supporting pet shops and backyard breeders, decreasing the demand for these puppies.
More ‘pitbull dogs’ would go home with first-time canine owners.
And they would end up as valued family members, just like any other dogs owned by first-time canine owners. read much more about enhancing pitbull adoptions.
More dogs would go to homes without fenced yards.
Most of these dogs would opt for walks and live with loving families. An ideal life for many dogs. (My canine has never had a fenced yard.)
More ‘pitbull dogs’ would go to homes with other pitbulls.
These dogs would become loved family members, just like their canine “brothers” and “sisters.” Some pitbulls would even go to homes with (God forbid!) other pitbulls of the same gender. and they would be just fine. read much more about pitbull myths.
Dogs and cats would spend less overall time at the shelter.
This implies less tension for all the animals, as well as less tension for shelter workers. There would be less crowding because even as much more animals come in, they would be leaving just as quickly. With the animals spending less time at the shelter, there would be less chance for illnesses to spread and less time for dogs to develop behavioral problems due to long-term confinement.
Millions of healthy dogs and cats would not be killed.
Currently, 3 million healthy dogs and cats are killed yearly in U.S. shelters due to a “lack of homes.” While shelters face numerous challenges, we now know that pet overpopulation is a myth and that it’s possible for a shelter to adopt its way out of killing.
More families with children could adopt a pet.
These children would learn about the gratifying experience of saving a dog’s life, enhancing their chances of adopting a pet themselves one day. It’s a shame how some groups won’t adopt out dogs to homes with children.
More people would adopt in general.
This equals much more people spreading the word about the shelter because they had a positive experience there. It also equates to much more donations, much more volunteers and much more people adopting a second or third pet.
More resources would be available.
The dogs and cats that really need much more time at the shelter due to particular health or behavioral issues could get the focused care and time they need. The easier-to-adopt animals could get on with their lives.
There are just so numerous good things that can happen if we ease up on our adoption requirements even slightly!
How can we make it simpler to adopt a dog?
We can stop requiring fenced yards for all dogs because many dogs don’t need fenced yards.
We can offer monthly adoption specials such as promotions for senior pets, kittens or black dogs.
We can keep our adoption fees as low as possible. For example, cats over 10 years old are just $10 at Nevada Humane Society.
We can go overboard with great customer service, even if potential adopters are impolite or ignorant.
We can bring the dogs and cats out in public so people who would never visit a shelter have a chance to consider adoption.
We can personally thank every single one of our supporters, volunteers, adopters and foster homes so they are likely to reach out and help a second time.
We can start marketing our dogs and cats as the healthy, well-behaved, friendly animals they are. people feel sorry for “abused” animals, but they want to adopt good pets.
The possibilities are endless, and that’s why I’m so passionate about this topic. We can all work together to send these dogs and cats into homes. They don’t need to be ideal homes (those don’t exist). They just need to be good homes. There are plenty of those.
What ideas do you have about enhancing adoptions?