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5 Tools to Help You Find a Companion Animal

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Top Tools to Help You Find a Companion Animal

There are numerous reasons for choosing to bring companion animals into our home. Regardless of the reason, however, we must always ADOPT and NOT BUY.

Buying an animal from a breeder or pet store supports an abusive business. The breeders and pet store owners do not work with animals out of the goodness of their heart, they see them as commodities to be bought and sold, from which they can profit. In addition to the unethical trade of sentient beings, all over the world millions of animals die in animal control facilities each year. These animals are killed for no other reason than the facilities are over-run with abandoned and lost animals, on top of all the ones that have been rescued. In adopting an animal from a shelter you not only give someone a home but you potentially save their life too.

Having decided to bring an adopted companion animal into the home the next step is to find one! The easiest place to start is at a local shelter, and there are a wealth of websites to make this search as simple and straightforward as possible. The hardest part, after all, is going to be deciding who to take home…


Irrespective of where you live in the world, there really is no better place to start than the World Animal Net (WAN). It was established with the aim of coordinating communication between animal protection groups (which loosely covers almost all organisations centred on animal care, rights and/or welfare).  Over the past 15 years WAN has grown to become the world’s largest network of animal protection groups, working with over 3,000 partners in more than 100 countries.

Their work isn’t adoption-focused, but their website does boast the most comprehensive searchable database. The WAN Directory has the contact details of over 17,000 animal control agencies, animal shelters, and other animal protection organisations, enabling the search of shelters either by geographical area, or by category/name.

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3 comments on “5 Tools to Help You Find a Companion Animal”

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4 Years Ago

Appreciation to my father who informed me regarding this web site, this blog is really amazing.

5 Years Ago

Schöner post:) Geht einmal da; norbert (Burton)

Caroline Lennon
5 Years Ago

Hi Karen, I appreciate the comment. Unfortunately, I disagree. Breeders and pet store owners abuse their position within the animal kingdom, forcing non-human animals to breed and produce offspring. This does not happen amongst humans and if it were to happen it would be condemned from pole-to-pole as abusive, exploitative and inhumane. In fact, this is a perfect example of speciesism. Humans have been led to believe that it is acceptable to excert control over non-humans. The "conscientious breeding" of animals is an oxymoron; it is unacceptable behaviour. Furthermore, this world is overpopulated with companion animals, which makes it irresponsible too.

5 Years Ago

You may not agree with people who breed animals, but I think it is going a little bit far to say "breeders and pet store owners do not work with animals out of the goodness of their heart; they see them as commodities to be bought and sold, from which they can profit." I have met MANY dog breeders who love their dogs like family, who are proud of them, who take responsibility for EVERY dog they breed from birth to death no matter what, who generally do not make money off of breeding but do it, even though it costs them, for love of their breed. I think it would do a whole lot more good to focus on the people who we ALL can agree are irresponsible- the large scale breeders who are not worried about their dogs genetics or health, who don't take responsibility for puppies, who don't socialize them properly, who don't screen potential adopters, who are motivated by profit, etc. I think it only hurts us to paint small-scale conscientious breeders devoted to their dogs with the same brush as puppy mills and pet stores. There are legitimate reasons to want a purebred dog and lumping all breeders and pet store owners together only loses us potential allies.


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