Actress, model, and PETA spokeswoman Pamela Anderson encouraged the masses via Twitter to adopt a dog or cat from the animal shelter, sharing a picture of her visiting a shelter dog. With the picture, she tweets, “Please Adopt Don’t Buy! Save a Homeless Dog or Cat!”
If you’re looking to add a furry companion to your household, animal shelters are the way to go. According to the Humane Society, 6-8 million pets enter shelters every year, but only around half of them will be adopted. Check PetFinder.com to look for pets in need of homes near you. You can search by age, breed, or gender. If you’ve got your heart set on a specific breed, chances are there is a rescue group specifically for them.
If you’re not able to adopt a pet at this time, you can still help the animals by supporting shelters and rescue groups. Most animal shelters have a wish list of supplies, and all of them need loving volunteers. Everyone can do something!