10 Benefits When You Adopt Pets
Published on December 23, 2019 by arothstein
Do you love being able to adopt pets? You may just love animals enough to care for them professionally. The ideal career choice is to be a vet tech. You can earn a degree in veterinary technology in under two years and work in a small animal practice or animal hospital.
A qualified vet tech should ideally be someone who loves animals, wants to work in a medical field, can handle the same duties as a nurse in a doctor’s practice, and has a fascination for science.
One of the essential qualities of a vet tech is compassion for animals and people. Excellent communication skills are also necessary since vet techs spend a lot of time educating pet owners about nutrition, spay/neuter, vaccinations, and how to keep their dog or cat healthy and happy. An issue that a vet tech should be knowledgeable about is adopting rescue cats and dogs.
Where Can Someone Go to Rescue Animals?
There are a few ways to adopt pets. Most cities and towns have an animal control facility. A lot of local animal control facilities have a liaison person who works closely with area rescues to find fosters or permanent homes for homeless dogs and cats.
A shelter or animal control facility usually has specific hours for families or individuals to visit and adopt pets. Requirements may differ by community. Some towns require the person adopting the pet to fill out an application or present current identification.
A fee is charged for the adoption. Some shelters require pets to be spayed/neutered before going to their new home. State laws may require vaccinations and spay/neuter surgery within a set period.
Another way to adopt pets is from a rescue. A lot of rescues will pull dogs or cats from a local pound and care for them until they find a permanent home. Rescue groups may work with fosters in their area who will care for dogs or cats in their homes until they’re adopted.
Some fosters care for newborn kittens or puppies that must be bottle-fed. When they’re old enough to go to a new home, the foster will conduct a home check to make sure that the environment is safe, and the family is a good fit for the puppy or kitten.
A lot of rescue groups will provide meet and greets at local stores on weekends. Dogs and cats that need permanent homes can meet potential adopters. When a person finds that special pet they want to adopt, an application will be filled out. If the home-check goes well, the new family can adopt their pet.
Non-profit, animal welfare organizations operate sanctuaries for homeless pets. Some of the animals that aren’t adoptable live out comfortable lives in these facilities. However, many dogs and cats are healthy, well-adjusted, and ready for placement in permanent homes. Some of these non-profits work with area rescues to match adoptable pets to new owners. One of our favorite local animal sanctuaries is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary!
Questions to Ask Before You Adopt Pets
When you consider adopting a rescue dog or cat that’s with a foster, you can meet the pet before you make a commitment. You can talk to the foster and find out how they behave in a home setting. Here are some questions to ask:
- Is the pet shy or energetic?
- Do they get along well with other animals?
- What kind of food or treats do they enjoy?
- How do they react in different situations?
The more you know about a cat or dog, the less time it will take to help your new pet to adjust to a different environment.
Benefits of Adopting A Rescue Dog
There are many different benefits to adopting a rescue dog, including:
You can adopt a dog that already knows basic commands and is well trained. Most adult dogs that are with rescue groups are already trained. However, if you want to adopt a puppy, the rescue will work with you to find the puppy that’s a perfect fit.
Most rescue dogs are already spayed/neutered and vaccinated. They’ve already gone through a screening process to assess their behavior and observe them with food and other animals.
Adoption fees at most shelters or animal control facilities are quite reasonable. A lot of municipalities require that dogs be spayed/neutered and have vaccinations before they’re adopted. Some places require a dog (or cat) to have a wellness exam before they have a round of vaccinations. The spay/neuter surgery is scheduled after all the vaccines have been administered.
Some shelters or rescues offer a foster to adopt or allow a dog to stay with a family for a trial period to make sure the adoption is the right fit. A foster to adopt is an excellent option when there are children or other pets in the family.
Adopting a dog from a rescue or shelter is a better option than buying a dog or puppy online or from a pet shop. Most animals sold through pet shops or online are from puppy mills. Adopting from a shelter is an excellent way to cut down on unethical breeding and provides a loving home for a dog in need.
Benefits of Adopting A Rescue Cat
There are many different benefits to adopting a rescue cat, which include:
When you adopt a shelter cat, you’re saving a life and getting the cat or kitten out of a crowded shelter. You may be able to save the life of a cat that would be otherwise considered unadoptable if it’s older or has been at the shelter for a long time.
You’ll gain the unconditional love of an animal. Contrary to the opinion of some people, cats that come from shelters or rescues understand that they’re going to be loved and cared for. You’ll feel the love and appreciation of your cat just by spending time with them.
Although cats don’t usually go for walks on leashes like dogs, they do enjoy a lot of activity. Interactive toys make you and your cat more active. Playing with your cat is an excellent stress reliever, and your cat will love the play time.
Research has proven that petting an animal is a very effective stress reliever. When you sit quietly, petting your cat, they love the affection, and you’ll feel the stress leave you. Scientific statistics prove that people who are pet owners live longer lives. By adopting a cat or kitten, you’re providing a home and a lot of love for an animal.
Adopted cats from rescues are more likely to be already litter box trained. In many cases, shelter cats may already have had a family and enjoy love and attention. Adjusting to a new owner and different surroundings may take some time, but cats usually adjust well once they realize they’re in a loving home.
Lowering the Number of Animals in the Pound
Between 6.5 million dogs and cats enter shelters each year, and they all need homes, according to the ASPCA. Some of these animals are strays picked up by animal control, and owners relinquish others. Sometimes an owner must move and can’t take the pet to their new home, or the owner may have become ill and can no longer care for the animal.
Other reasons that pets end up in shelters are that a couple gets a divorce, an owner may lose their job or home, or when a pet isn’t spayed or neutered, there’s an unplanned litter that must be cared for.
The number of pets that enter shelters are about evenly divided between those given up by owners and those picked up by animal control officers. An animal control facility is an ideal place to search for that special pet to become part of your family. When a pet is adopted from a shelter, it makes more room for other animals that need to be re-homed.
Bringing Home, a Furry Friend
When you decide to adopt a dog or cat, the transition should be as smooth as possible for everyone, especially your new pet. Here are some helpful tips about steps to take before, during, and after you visit a shelter to find your new furry friend.
Before you even visit a shelter, make sure everyone in the family wants a pet. Family members must understand that adopting a dog or cat is a lifetime commitment. Your new pet will affect everyone in the family. It’s essential to decide what duties everyone will handle. It is also important that everyone understands the care and needs that they need to provide for their pet.
You should discuss what kind of pet you want, and what personality traits are essential. Find a time to visit the shelter when everyone can go to make the decision.
Research various breeds and characteristics. Find out what the costs will be associated with your new pet, including food, bedding, toys, treats, and veterinary costs. Also, find out the shelter’s requirements to adopt a pet.
Kitten or puppy-proof your home. Kittens and puppies can get into a lot of mischief if you don’t take steps before you bring your new pet home. Clean up and put shoes and articles of clothing away. Make sure household cleaning products aren’t accessible and have tight-fitting lids for trash containers.
Get your home set for the new arrival. Buy food, treats, toys, a warm bed, and everything you need before bringing your dog or cat home. Taking all the necessary precautions beforehand will make the transition from shelter to home more comfortable.
Check out the shelter beforehand. Most pet shelters have websites with listings of the animals available for adoption. Listings usually have some information about the animal so you can see if there’s one that really catches your eye.
When You’re at the Shelter
If a dog is already part of your family, bring them along for a meet and greet. Some shelters require adopters to bring their dogs along. It’s best to learn if there are any potential issues and to make sure the chemistry is right.
Ask a lot of questions about the animal’s behavior around people and other animals, whether the spay/neuter has been done, and if there are any medical issues. You should also find out the circumstances under which the animal was placed in the shelter.
Make sure all your paperwork is in order, including any references the shelter requests.
When You Bring Your Pet Home
Training classes are an excellent way of establishing boundaries, working on any behavior issues, and establishing a strong bond between you and your new furry friend.
The fewer training issues there are, the better your relationship with your new pet will be.
If your new pet is shy at first, don’t worry. Even dogs and cats that were trained and well-behaved get stressed in shelters and don’t understand what’s happening to them. Give your new cat or dog some space and time to explore their new surroundings.
It’s a good idea to microchip and register your new pet if it wasn’t done already. If your pet should ever get lost and taken to a shelter, it can be scanned for the chip, and you’ll be notified.
When you adopt a pet from a rescue, keep them updated. Sometimes workers in shelters don’t get to say goodbye when a pet is adopted. Sharing updates about your pet’s new life is an excellent way to say “thank you.”
Want to Learn More?
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