April 30th is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Dr. Marla Beach
Lead Veterinarian CityVet Flower Mound

At CityVet, we’re overjoyed to join animal lovers nationwide in celebrating National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on April 30th. It’s a day dedicated to honoring the countless furry friends awaiting their forever homes in shelters and rescues and a reminder of the joy and fulfillment that comes from adopting a shelter pet. When we adopt pets, we not only change their lives for the better, but they also make a significant difference in ours! 

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Benefits of Adopting a Pet

The benefits of pet adoption extend beyond the animals themselves to positively impact the lives of their human companions. Research shows that owning a pet can have numerous health benefits, including reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, and improving overall well-being.

The companionship and unconditional love provided by shelter pets can also alleviate feelings of loneliness and depression, leading to increased happiness and fulfillment in the lives of their adopters.

Adopting a Shelter Pet

Adopting a shelter pet isn’t just about finding a new companion—it’s about giving a second chance to an animal in need. By adopting from a shelter or rescue organization, you’re not only saving a life but also opening up space for another animal in need to find refuge. The statistics surrounding shelter pets in the United States are staggering. According to the ASPCA: 

  • Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters every year.
  • Approximately 3.3 million of these pets are dogs, and 3.2 million are cats.
  • Only about half of these animals are adopted each year, leaving millions still awaiting their forever homes.

Find Your Local Shelter

At CityVet, we’re not just your neighborhood veterinary clinic – we’re your partners in pet adoption. We understand the importance of finding a suitable shelter or rescue organization to welcome your new furry friend into your home. That’s why we’ve cultivated relationships with local shelters and rescues in our community. Let our team help you navigate your adoption process and connect you with organizations that align with your preferences and values. 

 After welcoming a pet into your home, scheduling a veterinary appointment is essential. At CityVet, we’re here to provide compassionate care and support for you and your new furry family member. Our experienced veterinarians offer comprehensive wellness exams, vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and more. 

Prevention is Key

  • Pet-Proof Your Home: Regularly inspect your home for any potential hazards and keep them out of reach. 
  • Educate Your Family: Ensure all family members are aware of what items can be dangerous to pets. 
  • Store Medications Safely: Always keep medications in secure cabinets.
  • Choose Pet-Safe Plants and Products: Opt for non-toxic options when buying plants and household products. 

Our relationship with you and your pet is a lifelong journey. At CityVet, we’re committed to being there every step – from helping you find the perfect pet to providing ongoing care to keep them happy and healthy. Give your pet the gift of a lifetime of love and care by scheduling an appointment with CityVet today.

Let’s come together this National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day to make a difference and make shelter pets’ tails wag with happiness and hearts sing with gratitude.