Adopt a Shelter Pet

Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is tomorrow, April 30th, and I want to encourage everyone to visit your local shelter and at least take a look at all the amazing dogs and cats and other critters that are searching for forever homes. If you’ve been looking to add a new pet to your family, please adopt a shelter pet. We can have the reputable breeder versus adoption debate another day but for now, read on to see just some of these ADORABLE pups available at the Longmont Humane Society and consider heading to your local shelter to find your next buddy.

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Meet Nebula! Transferred to Longmont Humane Society from Cleveland City Dogs, Nebula is a 2 year old spayed female who is great with kids and larger dogs. She has been waiting for a home since November 26, 2016. AND, she looks a little like Piper so, BONUS!

Some Myths About Shelter Pets

“Shelter dogs are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get”

 Far too often, shelter pets are considered “damaged goods” or somehow less worthy or less valuable than dogs purchased from breeders. While it is true that we don’t always know the full history of rescued animals and some may come from challenging pasts, more often than not, there is a wealth of information about their life before arriving at the shelter or going into foster care, especially if they were owner-surrenders. There is a further misconception that only “bad” animals end up in the shelter when, in fact, many animals are strays or are surrendered by their owners who are experiencing serious personal and/or financial hardships.

Just like people, dogs (from shelter or a breeder) all have their own quirks, likes and dislikes. In the end it is about finding the perfect match for you and your lifestyle.

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Liza has been at Longmont Humane Society since June 3, 2015. That’s almost two years and Liza is only 5! Liza’s owners chose to surrender her because they encountered serious financial hardship that resulted in a dramatically smaller living space and inadequate time to administer proper care and training.  Liza’s a smart cookie who loves to learn, play fetch and can’t wait to meet her new forever family.

Liza is hoping to find a family with no other pets at home and high school aged children who will love playing with her as much she loves to play with them! 

*** Please note that Liza is available for adoption and currently living in a Foster home. If you would like to visit with her, please call the Longmont Humane Society Foster Office at 303-772-1232 X 234 to set up a time to have her Foster family bring Liza into the shelter so that you may visit with her! ***

“Shelters Don’t Have Purebred Dogs”

This is, in fact, not true at all. You can find almost any breed of dog in a shelter or through a breed-specific rescue. Sadly, owner surrenders and strays come in all breeds. Also, keep an open mind. It’s about making a good match and that often comes in a package you might not have been expecting. 

Just like people, dogs (from shelter or a breeder) all have their own quirks, likes and dislikes. In the end it is about finding the perfect match for you and your lifestyle.

This guy is Bubbles!! If that doesn’t tell you all you need to know, nothing will. This three year old neutered guy came from Gallup, NM. He weighs in at about 60 pounds of bubbly love. He is good with kids of all ages and dogs of all sizes but cats are not recommended. Not surprisingly, his bubbly personality is a favorite at the shelter.

“Adoption Fees Are So High”

I often hear people ask “Why do shelters and rescues charge adoption fees? They seem so high?” While it would be fabulous if all shelters and rescues were so well-funded they could just give adoptable pets away for free, have you ever stopped to think about what your adoption fee covers? 

When you adopt a dog or a cat from a shelter, your adoption fees, which typically don’t fully cover the shelter’s actual costs, offset the cost of veterinary care, training assessments, enrichment, food etc your new dog or cat has received while at the shelter. 

What your adoption fee covers:

  • Veterinary intake visit and exam $50-150
  • Spaying or neutering $150-300
  • Distemper vaccination $20-30×2
  • Rabies vaccination $15-35
  • Heart worm test (for dogs) $15-35
  • Feline Leukemia/FIV test (for cats) $30-50
  • Flea/tick treatment $50-200
  • Microchip $50
  • Deworming $20-50
  • Collar, leash and an identification tag $5-20
  • Training/evaluation $50-$150
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1 year old Frosty is a super sweet girl (spayed) who loves making new friends. She especially loves to play when toys are involved! Frosty would be most comfortable in a home with older kids and dogs but cats are not recommended.

TOTAL: $475-1160 (And this doesn’t account for staff or volunteer hours, enrichment or emergency care or treatment, if needed)

Try pricing these things individually in your area and I’m pretty sure you’ll be hard pressed to get them all done for as little as the average adoption fee of $300 or less. Often much less as many shelters offer free adoption days, discounted days or partner with pet-friendly companies to offset or cover adoption fees at different times of the year. That “free” dog off of Craigslist  or from you neighbor, is is unlikely to come with all of the items above already covered. 

Adopt a Shelter Pet Because

You’ll Save More Than One Life

According to the HSUS, “each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet.” By adopting a shelter pet, you not only save that animal, you create space in the shelter for another animal in need.

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#AdoptDontShop Helps Stop Puppy Mills

When you purchase an animal from a pet store, off Craigslist or other online sellers, or from backyard breeders chances are extremely high that your new dog came from a puppy mill. I will save the atrocities of the puppy mill industry for a future series of posts but for now, check out the Puppy Mill Project, an organization dedicated to “ending puppy mill cruelty through education, outreach, and advocacy” 

Nismo has been waiting on his new forever home since November. This handsome boy is 4-years old and was surrendered after 4 months in the home because his owner had a baby and felt that she didn’t have the time to care for him anymore He’s an outgoing guy looking for a family that wants to go go go, just like him! He’s a smart guy too who would love to work on his skills in some classes! ALSO – Mismo is house trained AND crate trained too?! What more could you ask for?!

Beautiful Breanne was rescued from a high kill shelter in Texas and transferred to Colorado where she boarded until space opened up for her at LHS. 2-year old Breanne is a happy-go-lucky girl  looking for a family that loves to play! She’s happy to play with any kind of toy, or just with her favorite people. This adventurous girl can’t wait for some nicer weather so she can accompany her family on hikes. Take her out for a visit today!


Did I Mention Those Ears? I Mean, C’mon?!? 🙂

My name is Kaipo and you can stop looking for any other dog! If you think you need the best and cutest dog ever, then pick me! I am a special needs dog in that I have an abnormal liver which, they say, will likely affect my lifespan but, at the moment, I am one happy, friendly, and energetic boy! I am looking for a special person to take me hiking, playing and snuggling and care for me.


*** Please note that Kaipo is available for adoption and currently living in a Foster home. If you would like to visit with him, please call the Longmont Humane Society Foster Office at 303-772-1232 X 234 to set up a time to have his Foster family bring Kaipo into the shelter so that you may visit with him! ***

Visit Your Local Shelter and Adopt a Shelter Pet Today!