Rainy Weather Puts A Major Damper On Shelter Adoptions

Rain may be great for green grass and robust water reservoir levels, but it has put a serious damper on adoptions at one animal shelter in Southern California. According to Pasadena Star News, the bad weather has cut the adoption rate at the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA in half.

By and large, fewer people venture out in bad weather – it can be tough to muster up the ambition to take your dog for a walk during inclement weather, much less make a visit to an animal shelter to find a new four-legged friend. Between the decrease in shelter visitors, and the closure of outdoor kennels when it’s raining (due to potential “slip” hazards), adoptions this winter have seriously declined. Julie Bank, President of the shelter, told the news agency, “The safety of the animals and the people is paramount. We also see a lot less people who come out in the rain for sure, whether we close the kennel or not.”

It is important to remember that rain or shine, there are homeless dogs waiting for new homes. If you live in the area, and are considering the addition of a pet to your home, bundle up, grab an umbrella, and visit the shelter to see who is waiting for you.

Click here to find the adoptable animals who are at this shelter.

Find the Pasadena Humane Society on Facebook here.

About the Pasadena Humane Society

The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is an independent, donor-supported, non-profit agency that provides animal care and services for homeless and owned animals in our community. PHS takes in nearly 12,000 animals each year from the cities of Altadena, Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta-Montrose, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena. With over 100 employees, we are dedicated to promoting humane treatment and compassionate care for all animals—domestic, exotic, wild or livestock.


Compassion and care for all animals.

(Photos via Pasadena Humane Society)





Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.