When it comes to bringing a new furry family member into the household, there is often a debate between parents and children as to what size, breed and energy level would be best.
Local purebred breeders may be carefully examined and prices are, of course, considered throughout the process, but oftentimes one of the best options is sitting right in front of us in the form of local rescue shelters.
It is almost impossible to walk through a shelter, see all of the animals in need, and not feel some kind of emotion because of the loving dogs and cats in need of a home.
On a recent trip to Priceless Pet Rescue in Chino Hills, it was especially troublesome to demonstrate some self-control and not pay the adoption fees for every dog in sight and take them back home.
The volunteers at shelters have such a great heart for the ministry and it really shows in the countless hours they devote to taking care of the animals before they, hopefully, transition into an actual home.
Often, adopting a pet means the price is lower and animals are almost always housebroken, meaning the only thing they need to complete the trifecta is a home to call their own.
Pet rescue ministry is a selfless mission in which thousands participate on a weekly basis throughout Riverside County.
The Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center accounts for the majority of the local effort to find pets a home when they need a loving place in which to reside.
One trip through their facility is heartbreaking yet heartwarming, and as a no-kill shelter, the work they do becomes more admirable.
For someone considering a new cat or dog for the apartment or household, rescue shelters are the perfect option for being the saving grace for animals who were rejected, mistreated or abandoned.
Of course there is no problem with buying a puppy and raising it, however, plenty of shelters have a surplus of young canines ready to experience the warmth and comfort offered by a family or single person.
The toughest part of all of this, though, has to be seeing the day counter gradually add up as each week passes and seeing the sadness well up in each animal’s eyes.
Every breed of God’s creation deserves the respect and love which was bestowed upon us by Christ himself and by simply choosing adoption that can be accomplished.