Want a dog, cat, puppy, kitten, parrot or hamster? One site lists ’em all—including specific breeds. Rescue from Humane Society, don’t buy from pet store.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Oct 2, 2008
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In 2008,

…inspired by the good folks at Farfel’s Farm and the fact that I have a home for the first time since I was a young punk and by the fact that I needed to start growing up and be able to maintain at least one steady relationship in my life and learn how to raise a sentient being without being an assh*le…

…I adopted a dog from my local Humane Society.

Why rescue, instead of breeder or pet shop? Because something like 80 million pets are killed each year in the USA alone—an annual animal holocaust. Now’s the time, with a worsening economy, to take the leap and grab a kitten, old cat, old dog or puppy etc. Why? Because many pets are deserted when owners can’t afford to feed ’em–and adoption rates decline severely in times of belt-tightening economic woe.

So, thinking about getting a cat for a year, I’m gonna take me a trip out to the Boulder Humane Society with my half-hound, all-love Redford, and see if he and I get on with any of the kitties there.

Not in Boulder? Petfinder is a comprehensive guide to homeless animals near you, wherever you be.



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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


23 Responses to “Want a dog, cat, puppy, kitten, parrot or hamster? One site lists ’em all—including specific breeds. Rescue from Humane Society, don’t buy from pet store.”

  1. lindsey says:

    Best Friends Animal Society (www.bestfriends.org) is also a great resource for all things animal rescue. I’m a proud member so I’m kept up to date on all of their incredible efforts, and one day I also dream of getting myself to Utah to volunteer at their sanctuary.

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  3. jillaurie says:

    have 2 dogs, 3 cats all rescues and they are the best – so loving!

  4. Janet Auty-Carlisle
    Or elephants, don't forget the elephants..

    Jennifer Stock
    Awesome! Thanks for posting this. 🙂

    Laurie C Ney
    This is GREAT! I must add that I have 3 purebred dogs – a Boston Terrier, a Great Dane and a Great Pyrenees. ALL are rescues. The Boston was 8 mos old, the Pyr was 5 months old and our newest – the Dane – is 3 years old. Another perk? They came pottytrained and fixed. No, I don't have pedigrees; but I couldn't care less – I got them as companions not breedstock! ADOPT!!!!

    Leslie Garrett
    I, too, have rescues: three dogs, three cat and a rabbit. I recently blogged here (http://www.greenmuze.com/blogs/green-light/2330-i… about how I wish my pets had never been born…

  5. Lauren says:

    "So, thinking about getting a cat ***for a year, *** I’m gonna take me a trip out to the Boulder Humane Society with my half-hound, all-love Redford, and see if he and I get on with any of the kitties there."

    What does that MEAN, exactly? "For a year?" Please explain…

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    I keep seeing miserable dogs abandoned outside of restaurants, there was one tied up outside of Salt today barking and confused.

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