12 Awesome Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Pet Today

by Jenn

A pet is a friend like no other. There is really no friendship or companionship that is comparable to that of a pet. That being said, a shelter pet is one of the highest degree. The homeless and abandoned pets at shelters all of the nation and the world are animals that want that friendship more than anything. Overstock.com has used their technology to bring tens of thousands of pets to new and loving homes through the Clear The Shelter Campaign. Adopting a shelter pet has so many perks and here are the top 12 awesome reasons to adopt a shelter pet today and make your new best friend one of the animal variety.

Overstock Adopt

1.) No More Lonely Nights

Did you just suffer a break up? Tired of eating dinner alone and having no one to cuddle with? Fret no more, a shelter pet is the perfect partner. They are full of affection and won’t ever complain about what you cooked for dinner. Plus, they don’t have thumbs, so they won’t change the channel while you’re cuddling on the couch. Except for possible snorers or late night potty breaks, a shelter pet is the perfect roommate and partner.

Happy dog

2.) Great Workout Partner

I love to work out, but I’m not quite motivated to run each time. Well, I just click my Piper’s leash onto her collar and I don’t really have the choice to back out on my morning run. She sets the pace and doesn’t slow. Shelter pets are great workout buddies because they need the exercise and love to get out and play.

healthy dogs

Taking them for walks or using them as weights is a fun way to exercise. They won’t judge you like the meat heads at the gym and won’t make fun of your not so perfect Downward Dog. Overstock.com has tons of great collars and leashes for the trips to the park to play and work out without it ever feeling like exercise.

3.) Save Some Money

A new pet has expenses, of course. Food and vet visits are a given part of having a pet, but what about spay/neuter, first shots, and microchipping? Not to worry, when you adolt a shelter animal, all of that is usually included in the adoption fees. Also, some shelters give new pet parents a starter kit for their new friends. To make it even easier, Overstock.com has connected with shelters all over the country and display all the shelter pets looking for homes. You can complete your adoption through the Overstock.com pet adoption site with the shelter nearest you! And don’t forget that Overstock.com has a lot of great treats, food, and toys for new pet parents too.


4.) Awesome Wingman

If you’re looking for a way to talk to people, a shelter animal is the way to go. People love animals and those people are usually attracted to animal lovers. It’s a win-win for everyone. Just take your new friend to the park or the pet store and you’ll be surprised how many looks, smiles, and “Hello, how old is your friend here?” you’ll get.

5.) Great Co-Pilots

When I travel anywhere it’s usually alone, as many of you can relate. I’m so happy that I have my girl Zoe to load up and hit the road with. Shelter pets are just the same.


They love to travel and will be stoked to load up and head anywhere, just as long as it’s with you. You, your new friend, a few potty stops and some great snacks from Overstock.com is all it takes for a memorable trip without the never-ending question of “Are we there yet?”

6.) You’ll Be a Hero

Adopting a shelter pet is something to breag about and your good deed won’t go unnoticed. It’s a great trend to start among your friends and family. Remind them just how awesome your new friend is, how easy it is to do, and how amazing you feel for save that shelter pet’s life. Be sure to tell them about the Overstock.com Pet Adoption Service online too!

Mattie and her kitty

7.) Boost Your Health

Adopting a pet is an amazing feeling and it has been proven that having a pet improves life quality for you and your new pet. The exercise from walk and play, the affection and love, and just having them around are all benefits for your mind, body, and soul.

8.) Wonderful Babysitters

Of course, I don’t mean leave your little ones with them all day. I mean it in a general sense that shelter pets are great with kids. Most shelter pets have been to homes with children before, so they love to socialize with the little ones. Another great thing about have a new friend for your little ones too is that it teaches children responsibility, compassion, and love. Plus, watching those babies (animal and human) play together is one of the most amazing things to see!

The Results Are In: Suddenly Your Dogs Beggin To Do Tricks!

9.) Free Therapy

Are you tired of paying an arm and a leg just to talk to someone? Don’t worry about that any longer when you adopt a shelter pet. Hey are happy to listen to anything and everything you have to say. It’s great to vent to them about that rude person at the grocery store or how you should be the one getting married next. They will listen and agree! They’ll jump for joy over that new job and will be there if you cry, it doesn’t matter; their love is unconditional.

Zoe girl

10.) Great Entertainment

So, you just finished that last episode of The Walking Dead, now what? Just sit back and watch your new friend you adopted from the shelter. They are sure to be entertaining when they chase their tails, wrestle their reflection or shadow, and hunt that elusive red dot. Who needs cable with these amazing ad-libbers?

Cat Playing With Hat

11.) Not a Whole Lot of Cleaning

Adopting a shelter animal is a smart decision for good reasons. They are usually older and house trained, so there aren’t as many accidents to clean up. Your shoes, furniture and carpet will thank you because they won’t get chewed or pooped on. Also, the great thing about a shelter cat is they bathe themselves and bath time with a shelter dog is just plain fun. If you do adopt a younger shelter pet, Overstock.com has great training products like puppy pads and anti-chew sprays and lots of snacks for the times those puppies and kitties behave too.

Top dog netflix

12.) Life Saving

Though many shelters would love to give all homeless and abandoned animals a home, the sad fact is they can’t. With the huge number of pets coming into shelters, over 2 million pets are euthanized each year. By adopting a pet from your local shelter, you are saving them from an unnecessary, untimely death. Just like all animals, a shelter pet will thank you with their love and devotion for the rest of their lives, which thanks to you , will be much longer and happier.

dog laying down

With a shelter animal, you can’t go wrong. A puppy pal, kitty comrade, or even a bunny buddy are all great friends that need and deserve a loving home. Even horses and birds are often abandoned for whatever reason and need someone like you to save them. Shelter pets have huge personalities, open ears, tender eyes, loving hearts and endless devotion. You are not only saving their life, you are saving your own. Head to your local shelter or the Overstock.com Pet Adoption page to meet your next best friend and help to Clear The Shelters, you will be happy you did and feel amazing to know that you made a different to that special animal.

This is a sponsored post written by Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog. All opinions and statements are 100% our own. 

related articles


Edna Williams November 14, 2015 - 12:18 am

I love shelter dogs! What a great article!

Judy Thomas October 3, 2015 - 7:25 pm

I have 4 adopted cats and I feed 10 homeless ones that I have had neutered .Finding homes for them is next on my list :)

Jenna M Carty September 24, 2015 - 12:40 pm

Love this, all of my pets are adopted!

charlene41356 September 1, 2015 - 8:36 pm

Shelter animals are so loving, they seem to know that you saved their lives.

Kelly O'Malley August 20, 2015 - 4:28 pm

Shelter dogs are the best. It make me sad to think of all the puppies in jail and not able to find a true home.

Lyndsey R. August 20, 2015 - 3:18 pm

What a really great article. I had 5 dogs growing up and they were all rescue dogs :) Thanks for posting this article!

Barrie August 20, 2015 - 3:08 pm

Our currrent “puppy” is a pound dog and he’s awesome!!

charlene41356 August 20, 2015 - 3:01 pm

I think you gave some great reasons to get a shelter dog but most of all they somehow seem to know that you saved them and give you more then you will ever give them. Please adopt!

Kristin Knudsen August 20, 2015 - 9:37 am

The best part of adopting a shelter pet is, that the pet NEVER forgets!!! They will own you for the rest of their life!


Leave a Comment

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out or learn more if you'd like. Accept Read More

Skip to content

Adblock Detected

Please support us by disabling your AdBlocker extension from your browsers for our website.