Have you ever considered adopting an abandoned animal as a pet?
Because there are still many irresponsible pet owners, every year there are abandoned, lost (and never found), and newborn animals that either end up in
animal shelters or on your doorstep. Many of these animals make extraordinary pets.
I have been taking in and caring for abandoned cats since 1994. I have taken on those that needed to be bottle fed and those who were young kittens already
eating on their own. I've also had some sick kittens that have needed extra special care, including a couple the professionals thought might not be "worth it".
I've done this on my own by taking in stray or unwanted animals and I've done this for an animal shelter. This is a wonderful thing to be able to do, but
when the pet is stable and sociable, it needs a home.
Most people who do this are affiliated with an animal shelter through which they can locate a good home for the animal. The shelter should do a thorough job
of screening the prospective adoptor to match the pets special characteristics, personality and needs with the potential new home. Frequently if you adopt a kitten or
puppy from an animal shelter, it has been fostered first. Fostered kittens and puppies, especially those that were bottle fed, make amazing pets. The bonding that occurs
with these babies is very unusual. It's a little bit like they think they're human, but even more like they think you're one of their species. The resulting loyalty
and affection you (the human) receive from these pets is astonishing. Ella is my most recent example. Read
Even older pets adopted from a shelter make special pets. It's almost as though (do I dare say it) they know you've saved their life. The most important thing for
you to do before you take on another pet is to consider your own circumstances. It is heartbreaking for an animal to be returned to a shelter because "they didn't
work out". It's just as heartbreaking to have an animal live in a household that doesn't really have time to accomodate it's needs. As I mentioned before, most
shelters will do a thorough job of screening prospective adoptors, but you should consider first. Once you start to meet the animals you'll begin to fall in love.
Don't let that happen until you've established some guidelines for
yourself so you don't commit to something too difficult or extraordinary.
Try to figure out how much space and what type of housing you have for a pet. Do you have a large enough yard for a dog? Most shelters seldom have small dogs
available for adoption. Large dogs need lots of exercise and space. Do you have a room where a litter box won't be awkward. They are messy. If you live near a busy
street, your pet must be kept secure and out of danger of the road. Can you accomodate that situation? And every bit as important, do you have time to spend every day
with the new pet. Pets require love and attention as well as food and water. If you don't have enough time at home for the family now, you probably won't have
enough time for a new pet. There are other considerations as well, but the point is, think it through before you look. It's very hard to take a step back when
you meet them. You'll find they all deserve a loving home.
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