Are you thinking about bringing home a new member of the family this winter? Consider giving that cherished spot by the fire to an animal in need! Butte Humane Society’s annual “Take Us Home for the Holidays” adoption campaign aims to have every animal available on December 1 adopted into a new home by December 31. This adoption drive saves the lives of orphaned pets and raises awareness about the importance of pet adoption during the holiday season. More families bring a new pet home during the holiday season than at any other time of the year, and there are many factors to consider. It is important to be mindful of where you get the animal, to select the pet that best fits into your lifestyle, and to keep your new companion happy and safe during the holidays.
CHOOSING PET ADOPTION
One of the intentions of “Take Us Home for the Holidays” is to educate the public about the importance of choosing pet adoption, as opposed buying from a pet store or breeder. Roughly 90 percent of puppies and kittens in pet stores come from puppy mills that are motivated by profit, not the animal’s well-being. When you adopt from a shelter or rescue group you’ll give an animal the second chance they might not have gotten from anyone else and you will know you truly saved a life.
SELECTING THE PERFECT FIT
When you are ready for a new pet, it’s easy to fall in love with the first cute puppy or kitten you meet. The key to enjoying a healthy and satisfying relationship with your new pet is to realistically choose one whose needs and personality are most compatible with your household. Bringing a furry family member home is a big decision and every adopter should be prepared and committed to providing the right environment for their pet. You want this new addition to fit into your lifestyle, and Butte Humane Society staff and volunteers are committed to helping you find your perfect match!
TIS’ THE SEASON
There may not be a greater gift for homeless animals than to open your heart and home to them and bring them in out of the cold. Taking a pet home during the holidays can be a wonderful time to add another family member, but there are several things you will need to keep in mind while transitioning your pet into your life. While the holidays bring with them the joys of family, food, decorations and travel, these same things that bring us joy can bring dangers for our beloved pets. Drastically changing an animal’s environment can cause anxiety, delicious foods can bring about irresistible smells and unintended illness, and decorations can entice pets with the promise of a new play thing. If you adopt from Butte Humane Society you will have access to advice and support from our behaviorists even after you’ve brought your new friend home. The shelter wants to help you be an informed pet parent and make sure that your new loved one stays safe through your wintertime celebrations!
When the first day of the campaign arrives, a photo portrait of every animal featured in the campaign will be posted in Butte Humane Society’s adoption facilities. As each critter is adopted, a festive bow will be placed on their photo to celebrate the greatest gift they will ever receive, a loving home. Each newly formed family will also receive a gift from the Butte Humane Society Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic. Adopters will draw at random from a variety of coupons including 10 percent to 50 percent off clinic services, a free engraved name tag, or a free dose of Advantage flea prevention.
The holidays are a wonderful time to love and cherish your family and furry friends. To make dreams come true for these pets, Butte Humane Society invites the public to take a pet “Home for the Holidays.”
Natalie Escala is a public relations intern at Butte Humane Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Chico, California, dedicated to saving lives, finding homes, and inspiring compassion. Visit us online at buttehumane.org.