Finding Your Pet

Congratulations! You’ve decided to get a pet! But before you go running out the door to bring your new friend home you need to decide where you’re going to get your pet from. That tiny detail may not seem that important but trust us it is!


Here are your choices:

Animal Shelters– these locations provide temporary homes for: strays, surrendered or abandoned pets. Most often you will find only cats and dogs here. They are typically kept until they are reclaimed, adopted or placed in another location. Unfortunately the truth is most shelters, due to low resources and an over capacity of animals, are forced to euthanize. Most shelters are selective as to which animals become euthanized including: unhealthy, ill-mannered and “unadoptable” pets. Since these shelters are governmentally and privately owned only a few can afford to be “no-kill” shelters, however even on some occasion they have no choice but to euthanize.


Breeder– this is a good way to get yourself a well-bred and healthy pet, but only if you find a responsible breeder. A worthy breeder carefully selects parents to minimize any issues with the pups. Poor breeders are only in it for the money and do not consider the advancement of breeds. A respectable breeder should offer you offspring’s with the latest physical and mental health. Another good reason of getting your new pet from a breeder is that you get the unique opportunity to interact with the pet’s family, giving you the first impression of what your future pet will be like. Most breeders give you the assurance that you can call them at any stage in your pet’s life so that may help you understand or cope with any problems that arise. Visit as many breeders as you can and inspect the locations to ensure the animals are clean and well maintained.


Pet Stores– pet stores are a place where you can get a number of animals from dogs, cats and birds to rabbit’s reptiles, fish and rodents. These animals are not born and raised in the store, they are only there to be sold. While this could be an easy satisfying way to get your pets, some critics argue that sometimes the condition in which these animals are obtained, maintained and then sold are problematic. Some store do not properly train their employees in handling animals and this results in ill-mannered pet that will eventually get abandoned. Some stores don’t screen potential buyers and risk the pets being adopted by an unstable possibly damaging home. This however is not true of all stores. Reputable stores, do their research on where to purchase their animals, how to appropriately handle them while they are in their store and they conduct a screening of potential buyers before selling a pet to ensure a safe home. (A large majority of people get their pets from pet stores, consequently millions of these pets end up in shelters and abandoned. The reason being they get sick or for any reason no longer are wanted. The best way to avoid this cycle is by educating current and potential pet owners of the lifelong commitment of being a pet owner. Spreading awareness of the amount of animals awaiting a new home in the shelters, and the poor conditions of pet shops could also help make a difference. Some pet stores get their animals from commercial breeders, the same breeders that cosmetic company get their animals from.)


Rescue Agency– these amazing place are a wonderful option for families to get a pet that will be truly grateful to of found a new home. These animals have been lost or abandoned. Some even have had the unfortunate circumstance of losing their owners to death or illnesses. With rescue animals you may not know their history but you can be sure that they have been thoroughly screened for their health and temperament. Most of these animals are already housebroken. Rescue agencies offer a sanctuary for animals and shelters provide veterinary care, spay/neuter, a temporary foster home not a kennel, and placement into a lifelong loving home.




About Kelly's Animal Hospital

Kelly’s Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The professional and courteous staff at Kelly’s Animal Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical, surgical, and dental care for their highly-valued patients.

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