Want to Adopt?
The following animal rescue and rehabilitation centers receive grants from Luke’s Legacy Foundation to provide quality care to rescued animals as they wait for their forever family to walk through the door and take them home. Please contact these dedicated advocates directly to find an abandoned animal anxious to become part of your family.
Animal Rescue Friends ARF
Humane Society of the Desert
Living Free Animal Sanctuary
Loving all Animals
Westie Rescue of Orange County
What You Need to Know Before You Adopt:
Choosing a pet is a lot like finding a partner. You are selecting a family member with whom you will spend a great deal of time. When deciding what type of dog to bring into your home, there are a few things that you need to consider.
1. The first place you need to visit is an accredited rescue organization. People sometimes hesitate about rescuing an animal from a shelter because they believe that these animals have undesirable baggage including anger issues. You need to keep in mind that the majority of animals in shelters are there due to situations beyond their control. Unfortunately, some families are forced to give up their pet for adoption because of financial constraints. Sometimes animals become lost and can’t find their way back home. An accredited rescue operation will never place an animal up for adoption that isn’t qualified to be placed in a forever home.
2. Before visiting a shelter, analyze your lifestyle and how you envision your pet to fit within it. If you are very active and enjoy the outdoors, you should choose a breed that likes activity and requires more exercise. If your daily routine is more laid back and includes long Netflix marathons, breeds more suitable for couch time might work for you. Shelter workers are in tune with the dogs in their care. Tell them about your lifestyle so they can guide you to the right breed.
3. If you have small children, or other pets, make sure that you choose an animal that is patient and calm. It is important that when introducing a new furred family member, it gets along with the existing members of the family, especially when interacting with children. Don’t make a solid commitment on adoption until you’re positive it’s a match for everyone involved.
4. Spend a lot of time in the shelter watching how different animals react to each other and to you. You’ve heard the expression “love at first sight,” well this can apply when looking for a pet as well. You’ll get that overwhelming feeling that it needs to come home with you … right now.
As writer Roger Caras once said, “Dogs are not our whole life but they make our lives whole.” We at Luke’s Legacy Foundation agree wholeheartedly.