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By DIANA WALDHUBER

 

I was just going to tell you about some of the pets for adoption this week, but when I was frolicking about on the Best Friends site (‘coz I’m still waiting for some more DogTown to hit the small screen, a.k.a my television), I actually started reading about their adoption process.

 

We know you can’t just wander up with a few bucks, pick a pet out, and take it home with you. The fine folks at Best Friends want to make sure it’s a perfect match between pet and new home.

 

They believe in placing animals in their “forever" home, not the “right now" home.

 

For this to happen, they work with you -- all in the best interests of their animals -- to make sure you can give the pet everything it needs. Maybe this time the match isn’t right, but they will help you find the one that is.

 

If you’re interested in adopting a pet, you can go through the photos and bios of all the adoption-ready animals on the page, read the bio, and see which ones either seem to fit, or call out to you.

 

Next step is, of course, contacting Best Friends, filling out their questionnaire, and having someone from Best Friends do a home visit, just to make sure there are no compatibility issues. Best Friends does require you to be 21 or older to adopt, and while they encourage people to visit the sanctuary, it’s not necessary.

 

A really neat feature is that they'll even play matchmaker. This way, if you aren't sure which animal to choose (hey, it can be a really hard decision), they can assist you in finding your perfect pet buddy.

 

Right now there’s about 2,000 pets listed for adoption and more are added all the time, so keep checking back, you never know when you’ll find your perfect match! They have donkeys, cats, dogs, parrots, goats, horses, bunnies, ducks, guinea pigs, pigeons, pigs, and mules all listed for adoption, so there’s really something for everyone.

 

But I think my favorite part about the Adorable Adoptables page is they list adopted pets along with their pictures! It’s really cute, and both satisfying and encouraging to see the success stories.

 

Next week, I’m going to introduce you some of those cute creatures awaiting a new home, so stay tuned.



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