Vivian with a Cause

savoring the shoreline sunset

Good day and welcome, Friends and Felines!

Vivian here, sitting in as guest host to share a worthy little list with you.
I pounced on it during a recent nighttime prowl on the web.
My sister Maisie and I were animal shelter adoptees,
so this is a cause that is naturally near and dear to our kittycat hearts.

Have a “purr”-usal and see why I think these are all terrific reasons to bring a lovely little cat like me or a friendly doggie into your heart and home this winter.

10 Reasons to Adopt a Pet from a Shelter


1. Every pet adopted from a shelter instead of purchased from a pet store or breeder improves the pet overpopulation problem.

2. Adopting a dog or cat from a no-kill shelter can free up space for older or special needs pets that may not find new homes before the end of their natural lives.

3. There are plenty of animals to choose from at most shelters. They come in every age, shape, size, coat color and breed mix, and you can find purebreds at shelters as well.

4. Compared to the cost of purchasing a pet, adopting one from an animal shelter is relatively inexpensive. And if you get a slightly older dog or cat, there’s a good chance he is already fully vaccinated and neutered.

5. Adopting an older pet allows you to skip over the time-consuming, often frustrating puppy or kitten stage of development and takes the guesswork out of what your pet will look like as an adult – size, the thickness and color of her coat, and her basic temperament, for example.

6. Most shelters and rescues do assessments on every pet taken in, to determine things like temperament, whether the pet has any aversion to other pets or people, whether he is housebroken, has had obedience training, etc.

7. Many shelters and rescues also offer lots of new owner support and materials about training, behavior problems, nutrition, grooming and general care.

8. If you have kids, adopting a shelter animal can open their eyes to the plight of homeless pets, teach compassion and responsibility, and show them how wonderful it feels to give a home to a pet that might otherwise live in a cage or be euthanized.

9. An older adoptive pet can be the perfect companion for an older person. Many middle-aged and senior dogs and cats require less physical exertion and attention than younger animals.

10. An adopted pet can enrich your life. The unconditional love and loyalty of a dog or cat can lift depression, ease loneliness, lower blood pressure, and give you a reason to get up in the morning. A kitty asleep in your lap feels warm and comforting. A dog that loves to walk or run outdoors can be just the incentive you need to start exercising regularly.

*list adapted from source:

So if this sharing prompts just one of you to adopt a pet,
we have helped one animal in need.
And if you share the list, you could too.

Think about it.

Vivian & Maisie

happy and grateful for being adopted

27 thoughts on “Vivian with a Cause

  1. Jennifer and marvellous moggies, one of the best little animals we had the pleasure of knowing was a little dash hound named Trixie. She had been mistreated and so the keepers were reluctant to give her to a family with young kids. But while we were chatting the little scared dog came out of her kennel and down to the front of the fence to lick the children’s fingers. She chose us that day, we lost her because she use to chase car tires poor baby but she gave us many years of happiness and we almost saw her change from a frightened little dog to one with more confidence.

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    1. A lucky little dog, she was, Kath. So sweet how she took to the children so quickly!
      My story has always been that Vivian picked us that day we went to adopt kitties. There were five of them there at the vet’s office (this vet regularly brought cats from the SPCA to his office for adoption), and we were having quite the problem narrowing our choices down to two. But Viv kept on climbing us and winding herself around our necks, so she helped us decide. 🙂

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  2. Jennifer what a beautiful post and pictures. All of our pets come from shelters including the two we have now (Peachy & Lexi). What joy they’ve added to our lives. We will be sharing this lovely post in hopes of spreading the news and hopefully inspiring others to take action. Lovely post indeed!! 😉 xo

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  3. Vivian–you are so smart! My mom says that the dogs (way before my time) were rescues. Teemu was rescue as was I. Kitty was given to us by a friend–she says she was ‘hand-picked’….well, maybe. No pet stores for my mom!You and Maisie look great! Love, Parker.

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  4. This is what I plan to do when I need another pet. Where I’ll never purchase is a pet store. Yes, I’m sure there are good ones, but there are too many with the ‘puppy mill’ mentality. I don’t want to support that.

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  5. What a wonderful post. So many animals out there need a home. If my husband wasn’t so allergic, I’d be bringing home a cat or dog this very day. But even the hypoallergenic dogs he can’t be around. Ends up on an inhaler. Sigh.

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    1. Thanks, Carrie. That’s got to be a real bummer for you guys, especially knowing how you love cats. 😦
      I do hope someone is persuaded to act on Viv’s post though. Even if it’s only one, I’d be happy.


  6. Oops …….. I forgot to mention. He was adopted from a shelter. He was picked up as a stray after seemingly being abandoned and estimated at 2 yrs old. His previous owners have no idea what they are missing!

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  7. I can totally confirm how wonderful it is to be able to offer an animal a warm, secure and loving home because for all we have done for our Ray, he has repaid us tenfold (and then some). He is such a happy soul being here and while he has his “moments” (don’t we all?”), he is a real joy to have as part of our family. We love him dearly! 🙂

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