If considering pet adoption, first congratulate
yourself on deciding to save the life of a needy pet. It will be easy to
forget what a good
deed you’ve truly done when enjoying all the joy
and love your new family member brings to your home. Adopting a dog or cat
rather than buying one can save you a good deal of money considering what
pure bred dogs are sold at retail for. Even with a small adoption donation
sometimes required (usually no more than $250), the savings is clear. Even
the donation is money well spent as it helps to defray the costs of altering
or “fixing” animals, vaccinations and the care and placement
of homeless dogs and cats.
Finding the perfect addition to your family is easier than ever with
online databases of adoptable pets all over the country available on many
different websites. Not only can photos of the pet usually be viewed, but
a short history and description gives you an idea of how good a fit they
may be to your household. Disposition and temperament are usually described
and recommendations given on the type of household the animal should enter.
For example, some dogs are not suitable for households with small children,
but can get along well with cats. Special needs, such as disabilities or
feeding requirements that the animal may have are discussed in detail. The
new owner of a special needs pet may have to sign a waiver stating that
they were made aware of the animal’s condition at time of adoption
and are willing to provide the care necessary.
Once you’ve located a pet you would like to consider giving a home
to, you can make arrangements to meet before making a final decision. This
meet and greet will give you and your family a chance to see if personalities
are compatible and will give you the opportunity to complete an adoption
application if interested. The application is necessary to make sure all
homeless animals are going to a good home in which they can likely find
Adopting a pet can have its challenges and take patience and compassion.
A lot of these animals have had it rough and may have some issues which
will take a little time getting over; and some which they may never fully
discard. Be patient, they are well worth the time and effort and need someone
just like you who is willing to see that.