Animal shelters are a top choice if you are looking for a new pet. Whether you are looking for a puppy, kitten or a grown pet, you can find this at your local animal shelter. They have pet experts that make sure these animals are healthy and ready to adopt. Some people think that there must be something wrong with the animals so that is why they are there. This is not the case at all. Sometimes people die leaving their pets alone or they move and can't take them with them. Sometimes they just can't take care of the animals anymore. Maybe, they don't have enough money to feed them. Your local animal shelter is just a facility that houses homeless, lost, or abandoned animals. The benefits are many when you adopt an animal. First, you are saving a life. Second, you can adopt an already trained dog. You will also know what kind of personality and temperament the animal has. Some of these animals are already house broken so this is a plus. You will be able to form a strong bond with your new pet. Older dogs will be a lot more calm and won't chew up everything in the house. When you adopt a pet from a shelter, you get basic health care that is included in the fee. They will also spay or neuter the animal for you.