The holiday season is a time of love, family and joy, but there’s no greater gift a shelter animal can receive than a loving family.
According to Petfinder, millions of companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year! That means animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home.
Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial. And when you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need.
Are you ready to open your heart and your home to a pet from a shelter or rescue group? Here are 30 dogs and cats who prove it might be time to adopt a new best friend.
(*Note, all of the dogs and cats pictured below are ready for adoption through Petfinderat time of publication. Click their photos to learn more about these animals and more pets like them.)