Should You Adopt a Shelter Pet?

dog-2606759_640Pets can impact your life in tremendous ways from emotional to physical benefits. Adopting a pet will be one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself, your family and the animal. Following are the positives, a few negatives and some tips and tricks regarding pet adoption.


You could potentially save two lives – the one you adopt and the one you just made room for. Many shelters are often operating at full capacity. Almost 57,000 animals entered shelters last year. Nearly 20 percent of those animals were put down.

Adopting saves money. Usually, shelter pets have already had all of their vaccinations, health and behavior check-ups, been spayed or neutered and come microchipped. All of these costs are included in the adoption fees along with a free follow-up vet exam.

You will have a large selection to choose from because shelters house small, medium and large pets. They also house young and mature pets along with pure and mixed breeds. You will be able to find the right pet ensuring the perfect fit for your living situation.


You may not be given much information about your animal. The shelter may or may not know about the animal’s history and his prior circumstances. They might have to guess about his breed and health care so far and there’s no way to know how the animal will act in his new home.

Also, you can expect there to be a fair amount of paperwork involved and you may experience possible waiting periods. You also could be rejected for the dog you initially wanted due to the organization’s requirements.

Some shelter animals have special needs and/or behavioral problems that you may not be ready or willing to deal with.

Make sure to give your new animal a walk or playful exercise right before bringing them home. The exercise will not only be good for everyone involved but will tire the animal out a little smoothing the transition to a new home.


Shelters in Utah:

Utah Animal Adoption Center
1955 N. Redwood Rd.
Salt Lake City

Humane Society of Utah
4242 300 W.

South Ogden Animal Services
5594 S 600 E
Washington Terrace

Ogden City Animal Services
1490 Park Blvd.

Weber County Animal Services
1373 Fairgrounds Drive

North Salt Lake Animal Shelter
1422 E 600 N

Roy Animal Control
5051 S 1900 W