Here is a heartwarming story that will make your proud of the people that make up our community of the San Fernando Valley.
This newsletter recently promoted an event from the Best Friends Animal Society which hosted a Super Adoption event last weekend. The event resulted in a total of 423 pets adopted! This is a huge success and a wonderful life improvement for the hundreds of pets who now have a loving home. We are grateful for all the kind folks who attended the event and gave a pet the gift of a family to call their own. Choosing to adopt a pet, over buying one, may seem like a small act but in reality it is a generous deed that extends much further.
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 consider adoption when looking for a pet. With your adoption, you save more than one life by reducing the number of euthanizations and opening up shelter space for another homeless animal who might desperately need it. Choosing adoption also aides in the ongoing fight against puppy mills which are known to supply pet shops. These factory-style breeding facilities put profit above the welfare of dogs by subjecting them to extremely poor living conditions and quality of life, then disposing of them once they have served their purpose. By adopting, you can feel proud to have done your part.
In addition to feeling good about helping an animal in need, having a pet has been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial to their companions. Caring for a pet can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness. Many times adopted pets come with the added benefits of already being vaccinated, neutered or spayed, micro-chipped and sometimes even house-trained thus saving you a lot of time and money. Best of all, is that you will have gained a new best friend!
If you are interested in adopting, our regular Pets of the Week newsletter feature can be seen below including animals that are available and ready for adoption. You can also drop in at any one of our city's shelters to find your new best friend waiting for you.