April 30 is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day and what better way to celebrate than by adopting a shelter animal! This is also a great opportunity to educate yourself about why shelter pets are the best, or to share the wealth of knowledge about what makes adopting a shelter pet great. By adopting a shelter pet, you not only save an animal, but you also make a friend for life!
Pets enter shelters for many different reasons. Some animals are found as strays, others surrendered because an owner's circumstance changes, and some are removed from dangerous situations. Of the 7.6 million animals that enter shelters across the US every year, the majority are loving, loyal, and hopeful that you will take them home and will love them too. Many are already house trained, have been socialized and can safely interact with other pets and children, are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and (best of all) cost next to nothing.
Boone (pictured above) is a hound-mix found as a stray in Pott County. He was malnourished and suffered from multiple wounds and bites, and was covered in ticks. After being treated by shelter and K-State Veterinary staff, he went to his forever home where he is learning how to play well with other dogs and walk on a leash. His mom says, “he’s just the sweetest, gentle soul and I’m so lucky to have found him.”
See what pets are available for adoption by visiting the T. Russel Reitz Animal Shelter website https://www.cityofmhk.com/288/Adopt-a-Pet or by calling them at 785-587-2783. The shelter is located at 605 Levee Drive in Manhattan and is open Monday through Saturday from 1:00 – 5:00 PM.