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The Importance of Pet Adoption

By: Belen Ruiz

          For the volunteers at Priceless Pets Rescue in Chino Hills, August 23 was another productive and hopeful day at the store front lovingly coined “The Orphanage.” Every kennel was filled with dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens waiting for their forever homes.

          Priceless Pets Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit rescue organization, established during the 2008 recession, when pets were being left behind by owners unable to give them the proper love and care they require. 

          According to the Priceless Pets marketing material, in 2018 alone, generous volunteers contributed 23,296 hours of their time to helping these unwanted and abandoned pets. There has been an increase in adoptions over the past several years, but the Priceless Pets mission, “Saving One by One, Until There Are None” is far from being complete. 

          Jennifer Janneck, the Adoption Center manager at the Chino Hills Orphanage, believes that “the most turned in dog breeds are the German Shepherd, Pit Bulls, Huskies, and Chihuahuas.” Many of these pets are turned in due to their owners facing life changes, like moving or living in a place that doesn’t allow dogs. She also feels that “the most common dogs turned in are the senior dogs.” Senior dogs are often overlooked by potential families because they are no longer puppies, and so they typically spend more time at The Orphanage than younger pups. 

          There are certain requirements potential owners must meet in order to adopt these animals. Priceless Pets volunteers work hard to ensure that adopted animals are placed in the most loving and safe homes possible. There is a prerequisite of 6 foot fencing to make sure that animals cannot escape and run away. If applicants live in an apartment complex, they must have their landlord’s consent in order to house an animal on their property. In addition, potential owners must take into account the children living in their household, any allergy concerns, and any pets currently living in their household.

          According to the ASPCA, about 6.5 million pets enter U.S. shelters every year, and every adoption counts towards bettering the life of an animal in need of a home. 

          Lilly H., a volunteer at the Chino Hills Orphanage, feels that her experience with caring for these orphaned animals “has been very eventful, to say the least, from learning how to clean kennels to learning how to administer medication.” Through spending time with these animals, she has learned many lessons about how important adoption is. To her, the animal rescue promote a mission that is “really amazing." She said, "We get all these dogs and try getting them adopted as much as we can so that we are able to bring them in from other kill shelters, where we can try to save their lives.” 

          To the volunteers working at non-profit organizations like Priceless Pets, every life matters, which is why animal adoption is so important. It is a beautiful and kind way to positively change the lives of both the animal and the owner. Janeck feels this very strongly. With happiness, she describes her favorite moments at the orphanage as watching newly adopted dogs jump in the car and go home to their new forever family. 

          Priceless Pets is always in need of food, supply, and monetary donations to help with boarding and medical fees. They welcome volunteers who would like to help make a difference in the community and in the lives of these animals. They invite volunteers to participate in their weekly pack walks on Friday mornings at 8 a.m. and Sunday mornings at 8:45 a.m. Volunteers can also spend an afternoon hanging out with adoptable felines at Knead Catffeine - Cat Cafe in Chino Hills.

          If you would like to get involved or are interested in adopting a new forever friend, contact Priceless Pets Rescue at (909) 203-3695 or