If you and your family are interested in bringing a dog or cat into your home, adopting from an animal shelter is an affordable and joyful option. The animals placed in these shelters can come from abusive homes, neglectful owners, or may have been picked up as strays. However, these animals are typically quite affectionate and loyal, and are in need of a safe and loving home.
How to Find Shelter Animals
Today’s animal shelters are quite proactive in providing prospective owners with opportunities to visit the animals. While many shelters have specific visiting hours for those interested in adopting, many also provide pictures and information for each dog or cat on their websites. However, not every shelter is proficient in providing accurate descriptions. Therefore, if you are interested in adopting, make sure the websites include:
- Individual pictures for each animal, showcasing their physical features.
- Individual descriptions that tell you about the animal’s personality, weight, and medical background.
- A search engine for looking for specific breeds.
Even if you do find a dog you feel may be a good fit for your family, it is still important to visit the dog at the shelter. Many adoption agencies also provide times and areas for your present pet to meet and greet the animal you are considering adopting. This experience is important as it can create a bond between the two animals, or let you know that they are not compatible.
Benefits of Adopting Shelter Animals
While it may be more appealing to purchase a bright, energetic, and cute little puppy or kitten from a pet shop, there are many benefits to adopting shelter animals. Some of these include:
- No need for potty training.
- The prevention of the euthanization of an animal.
- Support of the ASPCA and the fair treatment of animals.
- A healthier animal due to the veterinary care received at the shelter.
- Spaying or neutering is already completed.
- The opportunity to create a strong bond between the animal and your family, meaning lots of love, laughs, and joy for many years.
Taking Care of Your Rescued Animal
While many dogs and cats placed into animal shelters receive veterinary care while in the facility, it is still important for you, the owner, to stay up to date on your new family pet’s health care. Therefore, it can be helpful to schedule an appointment with a pet medical center. You may be able to set up a wellness plan for your new pet, providing them with yearly check ups, vaccinations, and help when health concerns do arise.
Adopting a dog or cat from an animal shelter is an affordable, satisfying, and smart option when adding a pet to your family. If you would like more information, contact Pet Medical Center for help in finding a shelter or learning about veterinary services your new pet may need.