From the time you bring an animal into your home to the day that special family member passes on, we understand the strong bond that you have with your animals. We created a list of terrific resources to help you be a responsible pet owner.



When you are looking to add a member to your family, and whether or not you have adopted a shelter pet before, we want to encourage you to rescue your next pet. Looking for a young puppy or kitten, a beautiful purebred, a special senior companion or a mixed mutt? They can all be found in shelters or through rescue groups in your area.  A4A believes that choosing to adopt will be a gift to the adopted animal and you!

Buying vs Adopting

If you are interested in pet adoption in your area, visit or a local animal shelter!



Approximately 3.7 million animals are euthanized at shelters each year, due to the sheer fact that there are not enough willing adopters. Having your pet spayed or neutered ensures that you will not be adding to this statistic.

Learn more about spay/neuter best practices

Nationwide network and referral service for affordable spay/neuter visit.



Your pet will depend on you for everything – nourishment, medical attention, exercise and safety. You’ll want to make sure you give them the best care possible for an enriched life.

Learn more about best practices related to several aspects of caring for your pet:



Moving (as many athletes do)

End of Life Care (or Saying Goodbye)



One of the great gifts of being a human is storytelling –  that’s how we learn to share information. It is important you pass along the information we offer here with friends and family for the benefit of companion animals and homeless pets. Word of mouth is a powerful medium that will help us achieve our mission. Thank you for sharing!

All-Star Owner Pledge:

At A4A, our Athlete Ambassadors’ pets are part of their family. They all follow this pledge with their personal pets and encourage you to do so as well.

  • I pledge to spay or neuter my pet to help prevent further overpopulation of homeless animals.
  • I pledge to provide a permanent, lifelong, loving home to my pet.
  • I pledge to give my pet the necessary vet care and preventative treatment they need to live a long and healthy life.

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