10 Considerations for Adopting a Pet from an Animal Shelter
There is nothing like a pet for good company. They are loyal, do not give you backchat, will eat what you feed them (usually), will come when you call them (if they feel like it) and certainly have individual personalities and antics that make you laugh. Are you aware that only twenty-eight percent of shelter animals are adopted? It is not possible to save all the pets in the shelter, but, if you can save one that is a wonderful start of a great new life for it and unconditional love for you.
Regardless of what you do, your new friend, whether cat or dog, will offer you love and companionship for many years. Dogs will enthuse and encourage you to go for walks, cats will curl up on your lap and at times may even out of love for you, bring a little present – whether wanted or not, in the form of an insect or maybe even a bird or mouse!
Most shelters insist on doing necessary shots and neutering your new pet before allowing it to go home with you. Some shelters insist on inspecting the home where the animal is going to live to make sure that there is sufficient room for exercising it and it is going to be well looked after.
Besides puppies and kittens, there are many older animals at shelters looking for a loving home. Some people prefer to adopt an older animal as then they do not have to house train and they are not so boisterous and active, more settled in their ways.
Often, thoroughbred animals find themselves in animal shelters, having strayed from their original homes, or been neglected by uncaring owners. Should you be looking for a particular breed, check the shelter near you, or ask them to inform you if the animal that you want, happens to arrive at the shelter.
Your four-legged friend will make a point of waiting at the door or gate to greet and welcome you home when you arrive back from work. This is a habit with both cats and dogs. They may not be interested in how your day went but it's nice to come home to a show of affection.
Their attention and enthusiastic love gives hours of much pleasure to their new owner. This is especially appealing to people who live alone. Pets also make a great companion to people of the older generation who have lost a lifelong partner. A pet will never replace a beloved wife or husband but it's the next best thing.