We at Central Texas Animal Hospital support the efforts of local adoption groups. We suggest that you check with them as you consider adding a new pet to your family. Animal shelters can be a great source when looking for a pet. Not only do they have a great selection of adult animals for adoption, but they also have kittens and puppies, even purebred animals. On average, purebreds account for about 25 to 30 percent of a shelter’s dog population.
Don’t be discouraged if, when you first visit the shelter, there are no animals of the breed or type you want. Shelters receive new animals every day. Your shelter may also have a waiting list and can call you when an animal matching your preference becomes available.
In an effort to make good matches between people and animals and to place pets in lifelong homes, many shelters provide adoption counseling and follow-up assistance, such as pet parenting and dog-training classes, and behavior counseling.
Another advantage is that shelter adoption fees are usually much less than an animal’s purchase price at a pet store or breeder. And your new pet is more likely to be vaccinated, dewormed, and spayed or neutered.
Once you have found the perfect pet, bring him to see us – we can’t wait to meet your new family member, and, we offer a COMPLIMENTARY NEW PET EXAM for newly adopted shelter pets.