Please consider Adopting or Rescuing your next best friend from an animal shelter or rescue group. Pets are often surrendered through no fault of their own – a family move, a new baby, allergies & so on. There are so many wonderful animals are in need of loving homes waiting to be part of a family such as yours.
Adopt or rescue an animal in need ~ you will be glad you did! Some of the benefits:
The two main considerations when purchasing a pet vs choosing to adopt are the health of the animal and concern that you might be purchasing from a puppy mill.
Regarding the health of a pet you plan to buy:
Because you love animals enough to include them as part of your family we know that you want to help reduce the cycle of suffering that is involved both with puppy mills.
Be aware that it can be difficult to know the history of your purchased pet because online pet sales can be a lot like online dating – its easy to post a photo that isn’t anything close to reality. Here is a write-up written by Best Friends: “How to be sure your next pet isn’t from a puppy mill”
When going to see about purchasing a pet here are some considerations:
These cost comparisons (based on adoption from the Oregon Humane Society) will help you be aware of some of the costs associated with a new kitten or puppy when either purchasing or adopting.
Cost Comparison for a Kitten
*Kittens will require 2 additional shots over the course of the first year. These costs are not included in the comparison. OHS does not include additional shots as part of the adoption
The difference in adult cat pricing depends on if the animal was altered by OHS and the age of the animal. See each animal’s profile for specific pricing.
OHS also runs "specials" such as 2 adults for the price of 1 or with kittens, second is 1/2 price.
Cost Comparison for a Puppy
*Puppies will require 2 additional shots over the course of the first year. These costs are not included in the comparison. OHS does not include additional shots as part of the adoption
The difference in adult cat pricing depends on if the animal was altered by OHS and the age of the animal and the breed. See each animal’s profile for specific pricing.
When you choose to adopt a pet rather than buy – you are nothing short of a Hero!!
If your adopted pet could speak, that is exactly what they would say. And anyone who works or volunteers at an animal shelter will tell you the same thing – you are a hero.
And your heroism goes beyond that of the life you just saved. Even if you adopted from a no-kill shelter you have still saved at least one life.
How? Well for one, the shelter now has an open space to bring in another animal that might have otherwise been surrendered to a facility that is in the position of having to euthanize otherwise healthy & adoptable animals because of lack of space.
Additionally, you have made a choice that does not perpetuate the profit motive which leads to the cycle of suffering caused by those breeders who consider their animals as mere “merchandise”. Certainly there are excellent breeders who love their animals and treat them humanely. However the fact that there is a profit to be made by selling animals serves as incentive to other less scrupulous and less caring people who are looking for easy money.
So when you adopt vs shop for your new pet, you have directly saved at least one life. And you have chosen not to contribute to a business that creates opportunity for so much suffering. You are speaking for those victims that have no voice.
Now don’t you feel like a Superhero?? We think you are!
Want to do more to help?
Nationally over 60% of animals that enter shelters are euthanized*.
Practical ways to reduce this rate include: spay & neuter your pets; properly id your pets (even indoors-only pets can accidentally escape) so that a lost pet can be reunited with you; when moving, put a temporary tag on your pet with a phone number of someone who will know how to reach you; keep licenses current – this funds the shelters and license information is used to reunite pets with their owners.
No kill animal rescue & outreach
Portland, OR • (503) 292-6628
Animal Rescue & Care Fund♥
Bonnie Hays Small Animal Shelter
Cupid Kitten Rescue♥
CAT (Cat Adoption Team)♥
Family Dogs New Life Shelter♥
Feral Cat Coalition
Furry Friends Cat Adoption & Rescue♥
House of Dreams Cat Shelter♥
Indigo Animal Rescue♥
Mult. County Animal Control & Adoptions
Must Love Dogs NW♥
Fostering, rescue & resources for dogs in need of homes
Vancouver, WA – Portland, OR
Oregon Dog Rescue♥
Oregon Humane Society♥
PAWS Animal Shelter♥
Second Chance Companions♥
SW Washington Humane Society
The Oregon Cat♥
The Dalles, OR • (541 ) 298-8253
Columbia Humane Society♥
Central Coast Humane Society
Greenhill Humane Society♥
Homeward Bound Pets♥
Humane Society of Central OR
Humane Society & SPCA of Cowlitz County
Humane Society of the Ochocos♥
Newberg Animal Shelter♥
Newberg, OR • (503) 554-9285
PAW Pet Aid of Washington♥
Project Pooch ♥
Safe Haven Humane Society ♥
Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon ♥
South Pacific County Humane Society ♥
West Columbia Gorge Humane Society ♥
Willamette Humane Society
|American Kennel Club by Breed
Born Again Pit Bull Rescue
Cascade Beagle Rescue
Dead Dog Walking Pit Bull Rescue
Chesapeake Bay Retriever Rescue
Golden Retriever Rescue
Great Dane Rescue
Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest
Miniature Schnauzer Rescue
Oregon Basset Hound Rescue
Salem, OR • (503) 351-0649 / (360) 607-9274
Oregon Dachshund Rescue
NW Pomeranian & Chihuahua Rescue
PNW Jack Russell Terrier Rescue
Pacific Pug Rescue
WVESSA Willamette Valley English Springer Spaniel Rescue
|Oregon Horse Welfare Council
Links to statewide resources for fostering, adoptions, emergency help. (541) 671-0164
Free Flight Bird Rehabilitation – Bandon, OR
♥These organizations do not euthanize animals in order to make room for incoming animals. All of the organizations listed here are working to help the community and the lives of companion pets. They should all be considered as great resources when looking for your new best friend. However if you need to surrender your pet for any reason, then you want to be aware of the euthanasia policies of the shelter that you bring it to.