Area Humane Society is urging pet lovers to adopt a furry friend on National Pet Day

Today is National Pet Day, and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton is urging those who don’t have a pet to adopt one.

Adding a new pet to your household can be an exciting and life-changing time for your family, the organization said in a press release.

There’s a misconception that all shelter pets are "damaged" in some way. But that’s not true, according to the Humane Society.

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The organization lists the following reason why you should adopt a pet or two:

You're saving a life: Whether you are picking an animal from a "open-intake" or a "no-kill" animal shelter, the truth remains the same, you are saving a life. By removing this animal from the shelter lifestyle, you are giving a homeless animal a second chance at the life it deserves.

You have lots of options: Although baby animals are adorable, there are plenty of options for breeds and ages of animals available at shelters. From mixed to pure breed, there is something for everyone. If you want a young pet that can grow old with your family, you have options. If you are looking for a calmer, more mature pet who will sit by your side and lounge, there are plenty of those, too.

"We like to consider ourselves matchmakers," said Brian Weltge, President & CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. "There is the perfect pet for every person and our staff wants to make every adoption a success for both the families and the animals."

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You get the expertise of an entire staff: When you adopt from a shelter, you not only get an amazing furry friend to add to your family, but you also get an expert staff as a resource. From recommendations on a vet to information on what type of food to feed your pet, our staff is well-trained to help make your adoption as flawless as possible. The staff and volunteers at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton are here to work with the adopters to ensure the adoption is successful and fits just right with your needs.

You know your pets have been cared for: The Humane Society of Greater Dayton has been helping animals and people in this community since 1902.

By adopting through a reputable shelter such as the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, you are guaranteed that your pet has been given the unconditional love and care needed to be healthy and happy. Their veterinarian examine all they animals, which are spay/neutered, ready for adoption. The staff is transparent, and informs people about any chronic illnesses animals they’re interested in may have.

You save money: By going through a breeder or pet store, you can spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars for an animal. At the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, you have a larger variety of animals to choose from, and you will pay far less. Plus, with your adoption, you are getting an animal that is vaccinated, spayed or neutered, the animal gets a microchip and other specialized care, depending on the type of animal you adopt.

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To see a full list of the animals available for adoption at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, visit

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