Thinking of adopting a rescue?

There’s a fair bit in the news right now about people adopting rescue pets, dogs and cats particularly.  This is a good thing, bringing an abandoned animal into your home where it will receive love and kindness is fantastic for the animal and is a wonderful thing for you too.  A recent article on the abc website highlighted a spike in the number of university students who are inquiring about rescue animals. With uni studies now online, part time jobs gone and isolation the daily norm, a pet can bring welcomed companionship and a sense of something higher than just oneself.  For this cohort who’d been thinking about adopting a rescue they’re now in a position to do something about it.  Rescue shelters are very careful when advising new folks of the commitment required and don’t just hand out cute dogs and cats to anybody that walks through the door.  Most people looking to adopt are committed and sincere in their intention.  When you or your family are thinking of a rescue pet here are a few tips to help you choose what is best for your circumstances.

Be aware of where you live and what breeds of dog are best suited.  Do you live in an apartment or do you have a backyard, easy access to a park or dog specific place for you to take your dog? Are you an active person or more of a couch potato?  Talking to the shelter about these issues will help them help you find the right fit. It is very important that the dog you choose can fit into your lifestyle comfortably and that you can give the dog the exercise and stimuli it needs for its best life.
Other things you should consider are in the future.  Once this crisis is over and you can move again; how much time do you normally spend at home and how much time can you spend with your fur baby? Do you travel and if so; can a friend or family member take care of your pet whilst your away?

Do you have the financial means to properly care for your rescue?  Keep in mind the dog may need additional training depending on its personality, past treatment and how long it has been in the shelter.  It may have a few health issues that require veterinarian intervention. Your new dog will need a bed, collar, registration, microchipping, and possibly some vaccinations again these basics do need payment.

Talk to the shelter about your experience with pets in the past.  Are you new to pet parenting or have you have you always had a pet. Ask allot of questions, most shelters are very keen to ensure you’re getting the right animal for you.

Learn about diet.  A pet’s diet plays a significant role in its behaviour and health. Speak to your local vet and get their feedback.  Don’t rush into a decision seek out expertise, when you think you’ve found the right dog, ask the shelter about the dog’s diet and toilet habits and take the dog for a test drive, that’s a walk on the lead.  You’ll learn much about the dog’s personality outside the shelter and how it responds to you and how you’ll bond.  Adopting a rescue is a beautiful thing to do and a decision you’ll never regret.  Like all life changing decisions make sure you do your research and don’t be afraid to reach out for professional advice.

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