15 Reasons Why

There’s no denying that we live in a world full of pets. Whether you’re a cat enthusiast or a proud dog mom or dad—America loves our pets. According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), only 23% of dogs and 31% of cats are obtained from an animal shelter or humane society. Here’s 15 incredibly heart-warming adoption pictures that are sure to open your mind to adopting a humane society pet and 15 reasons to give your local shelter a chance.


15. Many shelter pets receive training and socialization before adoption to help make the transition to their new family easier.

Suns out…tongues out. The humans did not get the memo.


14. Not only do they give unconditional love, but studies show that pets help to lower stress for their companions!

Good Vibes ONLY! #goodvibetribe


13. You aren’t only saving one life, but two. By adopting a shelter or rescue animal, you are making room for another animal to also be saved.

This first time cat mom and dad are so proud of their new family member.


12. Caring for a pet can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness.

Cuddle Party! Not. Moving. Ever.


11. Your adoption fee or generous donation, goes directly to helping save other animals. Without you, the shelter could not continue helping other dogs and cats in need.

What’s better than one person to snuggle? TWO people to snuggle!


10.You’re sending a message. When you proudly tell others you chose to rescue an animal, you’re sending a message that individuals can take effective action to save lives and support their community by adopting a pet.

Would you mind framing this photo for me? This is my good side.


9. Many shelters provide ongoing support in the form of training classes, behavioral support information, or a form of communication with different adoption counselors. While most shelter pets do not have any major health or behavioral problems, if something does come up, you can always contact the shelter for support.

Wonder if we have any blonde wigs in here. Gotta convince them I’m one of the kids.


8. Pets keep you moving! Their energy is contagious and they’ll love to follow you down the beach, up a hill, or any adventure you’re down for. They’ll love being your workout buddy and won’t complain!

I’m ready for my dog-stagram.


7. Your little buddy will love and appreciate you forever. Don’t we all need that?

Hold me close, and don’t let me go.


6. Children can be taught valuable life skills through pet ownership, like responsibility and empathy. Pets also make loving companions for kids and are a wonderful addition to any family.

This is my human. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine.


5. Our staff is trained and dedicated to helping you find THE ONE. Whether you’re an experienced pet parent or a first-time adopter, we will support you each step of the way. Adoption is FUN and we’re here to make sure you and your new buddy enjoy it!

I saved Heather, and Heather saved me.


4. It is said that we don’t pick our pets, they pick us. That’s a bond that can’t be broken!

Best friends? More like SOULMATES!


3. There are pets of all shapes and sizes, so you’ll have MANY choices to choose from.

You smile, I smile.


2. Owning a pet has been proven to decrease stress, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels, which all have noticeable effects on the cardiovascular system. Your heart will thank you!

SNUGGLES?! I am SO down.


1. You are giving an animal a second chance at happiness.

Puppy. Dog. Eyes. For. Days.


#TeamHumaneSociety yet? Head on over to jaxhumane.org/adopt to view all of our adoptable pets! #GenerosityBreedsJOY #adoptjaxpets