Adopting a furry friend is a major decision that should come with plenty of research and thought. With shelters, rescues, and pet shops in abundance and hundreds of thousands of animals in need of a home, it can be difficult to know where to begin – and where you should go to adopt. Fortunately, shelters and rescues can be found in many cities.
Whether you need to start out by fostering, visit with an animal before adopting to see if there’s a connection, or learn more about an animal’s background, these venues often have all of the information and resources you might need throughout the adoption process. If you’re eager to adopt a lifelong companion and want to contribute positively to your community in doing so, here are three reasons why visiting a shelter or a rescue can help you do just that.