Local animal shelters encourage people to 'adopt, not shop' this holiday

"Clearing up a spot in our animal shelter by adopting an animal will only help save another animal's life."

Posted: Nov 25, 2021 5:32 PM
Updated: Nov 29, 2021 10:29 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- As Thanksgiving comes to a close, people are shifting their focus towards trying to find the perfect gifts for their loved ones this holiday season.

That perfect gift could be a furry friend, according to multiple local animal shelters and rescues.

"Right now we have some many dogs under our care looking for their forever home," Megan Brezozar with the Greenhill Humane Society said.

Humane societies across Western Oregon are one place people can find pets ready for adoption.

"As a shelter we are always urging people to adopt these beautiful animals," Brezozar said.

Officials at the Greenhill Humane Society says when a pet is adopted, room is made for another pet to be cared for at the shelter. They said this could save its life.

"Clearing up a spot in our animal shelter by adopting an animal will only help save another animal's life," Brezozar said.

Although it may be tempting to surprise a loved one with a pet, officials said it's important to make sure the person is prepared to take care of an animal.

"We often see people want to surrender animals here that they got as a gift," Elizabeth Thompson with the Oregon Coast Humane Society said. "The dog is either too much or not enough."

Before surprising someone with a pet, it's better to bring them into the shelter to see if there's a personality match.

"As much as we all love surprises, don't make it a surprise," Brezozar said. "We often see young puppies brought into us that they got as a gift and weren't ready for a dog in their life."

Greenhill is running their Home for the Holidays promotion with $50 off adult dog adoption fees.

"We have cats that have been here for over five years. Lots of times those cats are shy and get overlooked," Thompson said. "They're not the ones who say 'choose me choose me!'"

Anyone interested in adopting a pet can go to green-hill.org or oregoncoasthumanesociety.org to get started with the process.

Officials also said there are other ways to help out if you're unable to adopt an animal at this time. They said there are several volunteer opportunties.

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