The holiday season is a time of love, family and joy, but there’s no greater gift a shelter animal can receive than a loving family.
According to Petfinder, millions of companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year! That means animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home.
Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial. And when you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need.
Are you ready to open your heart and your home to a pet from a shelter or rescue group? Here are 30 dogs and cats who prove it might be time to adopt a new best friend.
(*Note, all of the dogs and cats pictured below are ready for adoption through Petfinderat time of publication. Click their photos to learn more about these animals and more pets like them.)
When his elderly owner passed away, five-year-old Percy found himself in a shelter. Now he’s ready to find his new forever family. His favorite pastimes are chewing on nylon bones and stuffies, snuggling, and going for car rides.
Hiro loves to play fetch with the ball and loves to play with his toys. He is an active, young dog, and will need a family or person that will exercise and train him. This Golden Retriever & Cattle Dog Mix is about a year old.
“Bonnie and Clyde are like two peas in a pod. This brother/sister duo are one year old and fantastically precious. Bonnie and Clyde are the classic example of sibling opposites. Both sweet and friendly, Bonnie is an outgoing social girl, while her brother is more timid and mellow.”
This one-year-old Chihuahua Mix was abandoned by his mom when he was brought to a shelter in Arizona. Paco is a bit shy at first, but he will warm up.He gets along well with other dogs, cats, and children and is now ready to find his new forever home.
Cali is a ten-year-old sable and white rough collie. She is very active for her age and loves to run and chase other dogs at the dog park. She has a big heart and is looking for a family who can give her plenty of time for petting and cuddles.
Comet is a 10-week-old Rottweiler mix currently being fostered in Mississippi. He and his siblings were found abandoned on a road along with their mother at only sixweeks old. Now he’s ready to give his new forever family plenty of love, kisses, and cuddles.
“Laney has the sweetest face in the world! She is very timid with new people and will certainly take some time to warm up. Laney would greatly benefit from socialization and a calm quiet home.” – LifeLine Animal Project
Russell is a yellow lab mix that is full of energy and loves a good belly. Russell, who was born in 2008, has been with Ruff Love Rescue since he was a puppy, but he’s ready to find his new forever family.
“He is a sweet, friendly, active, lovable little guy who likes petting and being picked up. He’ll stay in your lap as long as you keep petting him. His favorite toys are balls and a small mouse.” – Carver-Scott Humane Society