Pet for Christmas? Adopt from a shelter |

Pet for Christmas? Adopt from a shelter

If you’re looking to get a new furry family member for Christmas please adopt from our local Shelter, Eldorado Animal Services located at 1120 Shakori Drive. It is open Monday through Saturday and you can call them at 530-573-7925.

One of the best reasons to adopt from a shelter or rescue is you are saving a life. About 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because too many people give up their pets, and too few people adopt from shelters.

Because there is limited space at shelters, staff members sometimes need to make very hard decisions to euthanize animals that haven’t been adopted.

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. By adopting from a private humane society or animal shelter, rescue group, or the local animal-control agency, you’ll help save the lives of two animals — the pet you adopt and a homeless animal somewhere that can be rescued because of space you helped free up.

Another great reason is when you adopt from a reputable shelter or rescue you get a healthy pet. Our shelter, Eldorado Animal Services, checks all incoming pets to insure they are healthy and happy.

You get a pet that has all of their vaccinations. They are spayed or neutered and come micro-chipped. Such a deal for a small adoption fee. Just think if you had to pay for all that it would cost you any where from $200 to $500, depending on type of pet you get.

Last but not least, adopting a pet will make you feel better. Pets have a way of putting a smile of your face and a spring in your step. Caring for a companion animal can give you a sense of purpose and lessen the feelings of loneliness for all age groups. Pets can be beneficial to your health, just spending time with an animal can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and dog walking, pet grooming and even petting your pet provides increased physical activity that can help strengthen the heart, improve blood circulation and slow the loss of bone tissue, according to a study provided by The Humane Society of the United States. SImply put, pets are not just good friends, but good medicine and can improve your well-being in many ways.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank a very special person, Gill. I wont print his last name as I didn’t ask if it was OK. But Gill answered our holiday prayers by donating a wonderful truck to the Lake Tahoe Humane Society. We have been applying for grants to get one with no luck and had pretty much given up hope of ever getting one and then Gill showed up with a 2001 Dodge Ram with only 45,000 miles on it. It was such an amazingly generous gift and we want to express our utmost heartfelt thanks.

Lastly, if you would like to get a photo taken with Santa Claus and your pet and missed your opportunity at the Lake Tahoe Humane Society Santa Paws event,o it’s not too late. On Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. you can stop by Alpine Animal Hospital where Santa is making a special visit just so you can get the cute Fluffy and Santa photo as a memory of this holiday season. All proceeds will benefit the Lake Tahoe Humane Society.

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