If you're looking for a new loving pet to welcome into your home, consider adopting one of the thousands of pets currently available in area humane or ASPCA shelters. The benefits of adopting a pet from a shelter, as opposed to buying one from a breeder or store, are many. Firstly, adopting a pet will save a life. There are millions of unwanted pets in the country; The Humane Society of the United States reports that about half of the animals in shelters are euthanized.