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Animal Shelters Have Other Pets for Adoption Too

Sure animal shelters have cats and dogs for adoption, but some also have rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, and even birds. If you are thinking of getting a new pet please visit your local animals shelter today. Learn more about Petfinder’s Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week.

While most people know that animal shelters have cats and dogs, kittens and puppies, for adoption, it is important to also get the word out that many animal shelters also have other pets for adoption. Many shelters have exotic pets such as hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, and even caged birds, waiting for adoptive homes.

Rabbits in particular seem to end up at animal shelters, particularly after a holiday such as Easter when they were given to kids as pets without much thought. Rabbits are prolific breeders so many people also think it is a good idea to let their rabbits breed, but this only contributes to there being more rabbits than there are homes for, and animal shelters are often left with some of that burden.

People who are thinking of getting a small caged pet, such as a hamster, or rabbit, often just go to the pet store and buy one rather than even considering adopting one (and possibly even saving its life) from their local animal shelter. has launched “Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet” week for September 17 to 23. There are many pet types considered less adoptable:

If you are thinking of adopting a pet, now is a great time to do so. You can visit your local shelter or you can browse PetFinder’s Gallery of less adoptable pets (they have just less than 1,000 from all over the USA and Canada).

Be sure to think of your local shelter if you are considering getting a small pet such as a rabbit, guinea pig, or even a bird.

Pease learn how to care for a pet rabbit, or any pet, before you consider getting one.

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  1. Rhonda Humphreys

    On September 17, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Great information. Most people wouldn’t think of checking the local shelter for a rabbit or other small caged animal.

  2. manish007

    On September 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Informative share.

  3. Emancipation

    On September 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks for the information. Usually it is just dogs and cats here in UK for such places as far as I was aware. Mind you, I did visit the RSPCA open day once at a shelter and found many animals on display and up for adoption.

  4. Martin Kloess

    On September 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Good work thank you for sharing.

  5. Sceptical Thinker

    On September 18, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Informative and interesting article. I think the main issue is that if we want a pet we go to animal shelters first; as there are so many abandoned animals, these organisations need all our support.

  6. Tiki33

    On September 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    There are many animals that need adopting. Many people want to adopt but are having a difficult time caring for themselves.

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