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Save a Life on Adopt a Shelter Pet Day/April 26, 2018

Pet overpopulation is a major issue in the United States. While there are many compassionate animal shelter and rescue workers dedicated to this cause, the simple fact of the matter is that there are not enough helping hands or space for the estimated 6.5 million homeless cats and dogs who enter shelters annually. Even with a significant no-kill movement underway, over a million cats and dogs are euthanized in this country each year just because shelters are overcrowded and underfunded.

Adopt a Shelter Pet Day (observed April 30th) was started to raise awareness about this critical issue and to encourage potential pet owners to adopt, not shop for their new friends. When you choose to adopt a shelter pet, you are not only gaining a loving new companion; you are also very likely saving a life. If this isn’t reason enough to visit your local animal shelter, here are some other things to consider, plus ways you can make your new four-legged bestie feel at home with a custom pet bed from J’adore.

Why You Should Adopt, Not Shop for New Pets

If you find the facts about shelter pets heartbreaking, as many animal lovers do, you should know that there is something you can do to help. When looking for a new animal friend, consider visiting a shelter first before checking out breeders offering litters of adorable purebred puppies or kittens. Not only can you find equally cute and endearing tiny bundles of joy at most shelters, but you may also be able to find your favorite breed. However, there is nothing quite so rewarding as opening your heart up to an adult mixed-breed cat or dog. In doing so, you’ll likely discover that love only grows with age and does not require a pedigree.

Because there are so many shelter pets, several pet adoption websites exist to help narrow down your search. Feel free to check out Petfinder or The Shelter Pet Project to discover the perfect match for your family and lifestyle.

Ways to Help Your Newly Adopted Cat or Dog Feel at Home

Once you have chosen your new friend-for-life and are ready to welcome them to their forever home, you will likely want to find ways to help them feel comfortable and let them know that they belong. A fantastic way to do this is to give them their own personal space. When you buy your new cat or dog a pet bed, you’ll both satisfy their desire for comfort as well as their innate need to ‘den’ in a secure location.

A custom pet bed from J’adore will help your new buddy feel right at home and will allow you to create a one-of-a-kind piece of décor that expresses your pet’s unique personality. Many pet parents love our cuddle pet bed, which is sure to satisfy even the ficklest of felines or most discerning of pooches. Each customizable pet bed is washable, with a reversible cover that allows you to extend its life and give it a fresh new look from time to time. We also use only the highest quality fiberfill to keep your pets’ joints and paws cozy at all times, and away from cold floors. Want to really spoil your newfound friend? Treat them to a customizable throne pet bed, complete with ultra-plush fleece and up to four fabrics of your choice.

For ideas and inspiration for welcoming your new shelter pet home and giving them their personal place to stay, contact J’adore. We’ll be happy to help you design a new custom pet bed and answer any questions you might have.

5 Incentives to Adopt, Don’t Shop and Save a Pet’s Life/January 18, 2018

It’s no secret that your pet does much to bring joy and comfort to your life. However, when you decide to get a new pet the simple act of where you find your new companion can make a big difference as well.

Though some people may have valid reasons for choosing to purchase a pet from a breeder, in many instances adopting a pet from a shelter or other adoption service is an incredible choice. With Change a Pet’s Life Day on January 24 we want to look at some of those incentives and why you may choose to adopt the next time you look to bring a new furry friend into the family.

Also, because we are based in Kansas City we’re sharing several local animal rescues as well one national one.  Be sure to local for local rescues in your area.

1. It’s Cost Efficient – Whereas purchasing a new cat or dog from a breeder can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, adopting a pet from a shelter is much less expensive. That leaves new pet owners a lot more money to spend on taking care of their new companion – including getting them spayed or neutered if necessary, getting their shots and getting them all the accessories they need, such as a J’adore custom pet bed.

2. It Fights Puppy Mills – You’ve probably heard a lot about puppy mills already. However, you may be surprised to learn that it’s just as much a problem now as it has ever been. Many seemingly legitimate breeders selling puppies through means such as Internet ads are often connected to puppy mills. It’s far better to combat this problem by rescuing your new pet.

3. It Makes Room for Other Animals in Need – It’s important to remember that when you adopt from a shelter, in addition to giving a pet a home you are making room for more animals to get off the streets and to find their own forever homes. It’s one of the best possible reasons to adopt. To get started, you can check out these Kansas City area animal shelters.

4. It Saves a Life – It’s an unfortunate reality that too few people consider adoption when seeking a new pet. Over 2.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized every year in the United States alone because shelters fill up too quickly and there are not enough foster homes that are capable of taking in animals until a forever home is ready for them.

5. You’ll Get a Great New Pet – Every pet is amazing, but there is something special about adopted pets. Whether you adopt a purebred pet from a rescue organization or a mutt from a local shelter, it will almost feel like fate that brought you and your pet together.

On top of all that, you’ll have a ton of fun things to do with your new companion, whether that’s hiking and camping with a new pup, relaxing with your new cat as you read a good book, or posting tons of selfies of you and your pet together online. It’s easy to see why adopting is a great idea. All that leaves is finding the right organization to help you in your search for a terrific pet.

Numerous fantastic Kansas City animal shelters can help you find the right pet. You can also get in touch with many rescue organizations. Kitty City is a great place to start if you’re seeking a cat, while Chain of Hope caters to both cats and Dogs. You can also check out Petfinder to browse pets of all kinds in your area.

At J’adore we wish you luck in finding a new furry family member if you’re looking, and hope to see you soon as you shop for a J’adore Throne Bed for the new King or Queen in your house.