With more people working from home than ever before, you may be seeing a growing number of new family pets on your social media news feeds. It's no surprise. Four-legged friends bring a dose of happiness, and what better time than now to house train and welcome a pet?
If you are ready to add a pet to your family, consider adopting from a local shelter. There are many dogs, cats, and other small animals right here in our community in need of a home. In addition to giving one of these pets a happy home, there are several benefits to adopting from a shelter versus buying a pet from a breeder or store. For example, not up for house-training a dog with the weather turning colder? Shelters are often full of older, well-trained dogs who may come to you already knowing the ins and outs of doing their business in the proper place. Have a house with a curious little one? The shelter staff may be able to point you in the direction of a gentle animal that would be a perfect fit for your family. Love going for long runs and need an animal with plenty of energy to keep up? The staff might be able to help you choose the best companion for your lifestyle. You'll also find that it is less expensive to adopt than purchase a pet. Further, adoption fees tend to cover spaying or neutering your pet so that you can do your part to help control the pet population.
Ready to start the search for your new pet? Here's a list of local animal shelters in and around the Bloomington-Normal community: