Are You Ready to Rescue

There are approximatley 30,000 rescue and shelter facilities in communities all over the United States and Canada, and many thousands more around the world. These house and care for dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, pigs, and the list goes on... you can find almost any pet you want including pure bred dogs and cats! 
The animal you adopt will love you unconditionally and welcome you with joy every day. This new companion is a living being with physiological and psychological needs that you must accept and cater to. A good understanding of the implications related to the adoption will allow you to make an informed decision and avoid regrets that could lead to an unhappy ending or returning your pet.  Before adopting, it is important to learn about the needs and personality traits of the animal you are interested in, so you can make the right choice. 
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Here are a few questions to consider and determine if you are ready to adopt a pet.

Are you ready to make a long-term commitment?
Nowadays, with the quality of care that animals can receive, their longevity has increased considerablyCats and dogs can now live anywhere from 10 to 20 years, even more, depending on the individual and the breed.  f you adopt an animal, make sure you are ready to commit and ask yourself what your situation will be in five, ten and twenty years. Many owners abandon their pets due to relocation, divorce or new relationship, pregnancy or newborn, financial concerns, new job, retirement, illness,
etc. Choosing to adopt a pet is a long-term responsibility.

Do you live alone? With a partner? Do you have children?
If you live with a spouse, with or without children, the decision to adopt an animal affects all family members. Discuss it together before making a decision. If you adopt an animal at the request of a child or teenager, be prepared to take care of the animal. Often after the adoption parents will be the ones taking care of the pet.

Are you ready to change your lifestyle?
Whether your new companion is a cat, a dog, or another animal, their presence will require you to change your lifestyle. All pets need attention and care. If you are not prepared to adapt your lifestyle to the responsibilities associated with having an animal, you may not be ready to welcome an animal into your home.

Do you live in an apartment or a house?
Every animal has different needs regarding physical space. For example, cats often adapt more easily to a small space and staying indoors. While a dog may require more room and exercise. These are important aspects to consider when choosing your pet.

Do you rent or own your house?
Many people forget to ask their landlord if they are allowed to have an animal. Check with your landlord before adopting. Take note that the clause “No pets allowed,” when used by a landlord is considered discriminatory. However, pet ownership is not an absolute right, but a privilege given on two conditions: “it will not cause serious prejudice to the landlord” (such as property damage) and “does not disturb the normal enjoyment of other tenants “(e.g., a dog barking and disturbing the neighbors).

Are you ready to accept that there can be slight damage to your property?
Once you bring your pet home, allow time for him to adapt to his new environment and understand that they could cause some damage during this period. Some scenarios that you may face include: sofas covered with hair, chewed-up furniture, torn window screens, regurgitated hairballs on your carpet, threads pulled out on your new suit and the inevitable odors that betray the presence of Kitty or Puppy. Patience and tolerance are required.

Do you suffer from allergies?
Many people adopt an animal without realizing that a member of their family could be allergic. To avoid having to return your new pet, take the necessary measures to check for allergies. For example, become a foster home for a local shelter. They are often looking for families who can take in an animal that needs a transition period, such as time to grow a little or heal from an illness. These programs allow you to be in contact with an animal without having to commit long term.
Or, you can offer to look after a parent or friend’s animal during their absence.


Are you financially prepared to take care of an animal?
The initial adoption fees are only part of those you need to plan for your pet. Food, litter, various care and hygiene products (brush, leash, collar, cage, toys), daycare and veterinary costs (annual vaccinations and exams, sterilization, illness) are among the costs involved.

Do you know someone reliable to take care of your animal during your vacations?
Before adopting, plan to have a responsible person who can take care of your pet or have a budget for kennel or a dog sitter. Take time to choose carefully, because many animals are lost by the person entrusted with their care.  It is also possible to find boarding houses at variable costs. ALWAYS research the reputation of ANY facility you plan to leave your pet with and ask for a full tour of the premises in advance of their stay.

Can you spend quality time with your companion?
Determine if you have time and energy to take care of your pet every day. Did you know that animals can suffer from boredom just like humans? An animal who is bored may show signs of depression and develop behavioral problems. Animals love to play, run, be talked to and be cuddled. It is important to take time with them because the more they are stimulated, the more they will be balanced and more you will enjoy living with them.

Cat or Dog?
If you hesitate between a cat or a dog, consider their quality of life in combination with your lifestyle. A dog is a social animal who needs exercise every day and that has difficulty with solitude. While cats are generally, though not always, more solitary animals and can adjust more easily to a small space and indoor living. Learn about the various requirements that may vary with age, size, or breed, as well as exercise needs, grooming and potential health problems.

Other Pets
In addition to cats and dogs, there is a wide variety of animals available for adoption such as birds, rodents, reptiles and fishes.  Ensure you fully understand the necessary care needed, because all animals require a suitable environment, daily attention and special food, which can sometimes be expensive. Furthermore, these animals are often sold young, regardless of their size or their needs once they are adults. Before buying one, check with experienced people or on specialized websites.
 
 
After answering all these questions, are you still ready to adopt a pet? Your new friend will thank you for taking the time to think about it before they arrives.
 
Research local rescue and shelters in your area.  We implore you not to buy from a pet store as these animals almost always come from puppy mills and backyard breeders.
Please also check our Adoptabulls page .