Why you should adopt your next pet

One of the best ways for animal lovers to save the lives of homeless pets is to adopt them for companionship. However, before adopting you must take the love and sacrifice it requires into consideration. Pets look to their human friends for the necessities of life such as food, shelter, medical care, companionship, protection and love. You should also consider who will be sharing the home with the pet and decide if it’s the right situation for everybody involved. If your household consists of the elderly, young children or an existing pet you may need to think long and hard about your decision since everyone will need to co-exist.

In addition, you need to ask yourself if your lifestyle is conducive to having a pet. If you’re rarely at home or don’t have the time needed to properly train and take care of the pet then you may want to reconsider. Having a pet and leaving it at home alone all day may be fine for some animals, but may not be an ideal situation for others and let’s not forget that adopting and owning a pet costs money and should also be taken into account. We consulted with our local vet clinic in Weddington, NC about the best options for us and found it very helpful in deciding.

Unfortunately, some pets end up in animal control centres, animal shelters, humane societies or with various rescue groups. They may have previously been abandoned, abused or neglected and could be put to sleep or face a life of permanent homelessness if they aren’t adopted by a loving owner. Some animals are in picked up by shelters as strays and others have been abandoned due to unfortunate circumstances with their previous owners. For example, their owner may have become ill or passed away, moved residences, lost their home or simply didn’t want their pet anymore. In some cases the animals have been rescued from natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes.

Most animal shelters provide the history and description of their pets to the best of their knowledge, but there are sometimes gaps in their past. They monitor the pets’ temperament and behaviour when interacting with humans and other animals and try to match them with an appropriate owner. Once a pet is adopted it has a new lease on life with a warm, loving home along with food and medical care. Most shelters will help you find the prefect pet for your home and lifestyle and assist in the adoption process. It’s recommended that all members of your household visit the pet in the shelter before starting the paperwork.

Most adult pets are already house-trained and interact well with humans and fellow animals, but others may need a little more time to adapt to their new surroundings. You’ll find that many dogs in shelters are purebreds and there are also mixed breeds and pets of all sizes, ages and temperament. They’ve been given the necessary medical care at the shelter, screened for health conditions, are typically vaccinated and could be spayed or neutered.

Pet owners may find it’s less expensive to adopt a companion than it is to purchase one from a breeder or pet store. Of course, the money saved can then be used to help feed your new family member and take care of any medical needs. More importantly, when a pet is adopted it means you’re saving the animal’s life and the shelter now has the space to rescue and house another pet-in-need. So in reality, you’re actually helping save the life of two animals at the same time.

If you’ve fallen in love with a pet at a shelter it’s now time to go through the adoption process. This varies from case to case, but you may be required to visit the animal several times or asked to take it home to see how things work out. It’s true that it may be easier to simply buy a pet from a breeder or store, but shelters want to make sure the pet is going to a fine home with a responsible and loving owner.

There will be adoption fees involved and this money helps the shelter pay the costs of caring for the animal while in its care. The fees also help pay the costs of running the facility itself such as the rent, insurance and overall operations etc. However, most shelters also rely on grants and donations to cover their full financial responsibilities. Therefore, even if you’re not in the position to adopt a pet, you can still help out by making a donation of money, supplies or food and encouraging your family and friends to adopt a new companion. You may also want to consider volunteering at a shelter as there are numerous ways to help out homeless pets.