Adopting a cat or dog is a wonderful way to share your love.
This is additional information to accompany the article written for Mom & Caregiver Magazine. Our team of vet experts was asked to create an article on adopting a rescue dog or cat and what should people know. To follow is the article and some additional tips that had to be removed for space reasons. Enjoy!
To all the pet lovers out there who have enriched their lives by providing a home for a new furry family member, we want to say “thank-you!”
But you know all too well that in spite of our collective efforts, many homeless pets remain. In fact, London Animal Care Centre, London Humane Society, Paws United Dog Rescue, Cats R Us, Animalert and the over 20 other rescue groups in London have hundreds of potential family members available for adoption today.
As with all these rescue groups, Paws United works hard to bring about the adoption of hundreds of dogs every year. Paws United co-founder Alicia noted “Our goal in rescue, is to make these dogs’ lives better, to bring them home where they can belong once again” She added “These dogs show an appreciation for life that cannot be matched by any other.”
Senior dogs and those with medical conditions still find loving homes.
Said one adopter who lost her new friend to cancer after only 6 months reflected “I couldn’t have asked for a more loyal, loving and dependent creature. She changed my life and opened my eyes to the joys an older dog can give. I always wish there was more time, but the time I got I would never change. Every day was an adventure. We had our ups and downs but through it all, we stuck together until the end. I am grateful she was a part of my life and a part of who I am today.”
Now someone reading this will ask – What about breeders vs. adopting, is that not an option?
Absolutely it is, and a very good option if you are looking for specific breeds and want to know the parentage of your new furry family member. There are lots of very reputable breeders out there, but make sure you check them out thoroughly. Go visit them at their location, and if they will not let you come, or will not let you meet the parents, these should be very big red flags. The good breeders are proud to show off their locations, have you meet their puppy and kitten parents and take an active role in making sure their little balls of joy find appropriate homes.
Thinking of getting a new little one from a rescue group?
Here are just a few of many tips and recommendations which anyone considering pet adoption should ask themselves.
Why do you want a pet?
Have you considered everyone’s feelings?
Do you have time for a pet?
Do you know how much it will cost to have a pet?
Did you know there are many unexpected events that come with being a pet parent?
Have you considered the different breeds and if your living arrangements are suitable for them?
Are you sensitive and inclined to feeling sorry for lost pets?
Have you considered a senior pet?
Considered fostering a pet first?
Every new pet that finds a forever home is lucky but more importantly, happy. Consider fostering, adoption or even volunteering your time to any one of the many rescue groups in the city and area. Every life involved will be changed.
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