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Pet Adoption


People all over the world now keep pets at home, for companionship and unconditional love amongst other reasons. Many pets though are put up for pet adoption each and every year.

There are many reasons why pets are put up for pet adoption, although one of the most common unfortunately is the death of a previous owner, where relatives are unable or unwilling to take on responsibility. There are other common reasons why pet adoption occurs, including lost pets, where owners and pets are separated; owners' change of mind, where owners no longer feel they can take care of a pet; and one of the saddest reasons; that breeders produce too many pets, which they then can't sell.

Pet adoption can be an informal or formal arrangement. Some owners will post adverts about pets to a good home, where by they just pass on responsibility to someone else, creating an informal adoption process. More common though is the formal adoption process whereby pet shelters and pounds have pets that they try to find homes for.

Pet shelters and pounds are normally more selective about who can adopt their pets, and will often check out perspective owners and homes before allowing pet adoption to go ahead. Whilst an excellent policy there is a drawback in that pets which cannot find new owners may have to be put down, a thing that no shelter wants to occur.