Adopt a homeless pet
So pets are pop culture, right? Paris Hilton has a revolving door of them, Jennifer Aniston just got a puppy, and apparently Renee Zellweger tried to get a little girl to sell her dog for a few thousand dollars. So pets are totally pop culture.
How to be like a cool celebrity and get a pet of your own? Petfinder! This is the greatest site--it compiles available animal lists from most shelters and rescue organizations, and allows you to search for the perfect pet for you--you can search by species, breed, location, special needs, whether the animal is declawed, and even by name.
This is a phenomenal resource for shelters, as it allows them to reach a wider audience than they normally would, and potential pet owners can search until they find the perfect animal. Millions of animals are put to sleep in the U.S. every year because there aren't enough homes for them, so hopefully a site like this will help out.
I started using Petfinder a few months ago and searched until I found the perfect cat to join me and Gobo in our Fraggle family (we'll call her DoozerCat Fraggle from here on out). Petfinder really helped me make the right decision--I got to read a description of our cat before we picked her up, and then was able to contact her foster mother to get more information about her.
Our kitty has been a wonderful addition to the Fraggle family. And unlike Paris and Tinkerbell, we don't intend to "lose" her and replace her with a ferret in a few months.