While there are many beautiful pure-bred puppies and kittens to choose from, there are also hundreds of lovable rescue pets looking for a good home.
So, you are in the market for a new companion, and you want to adopt a rescue pet. What should you be looking for? What should you be asking? Those are two very important notions when it comes to finding the perfect pet to fit for your home and family.
The average rescue animal is six months or older, and should be spayed or neutered and up to date on their vaccinations. You should not take in a rescue pet when it has a serious illness such as heart worms or lung worms.
Also, bear in mind that the pet’s temperament could be different after they become comfortable with your home, compared to when you first met them. Rescue pets typically have a rough start into life, therefore much love and patience is needed when taking care of them.
Some questions you should carefully consider and ask the adopting group or shelter before choosing a pet are:
- Do you have enough time and energy to keep up with a particular type or breed? For example, if you don’t have lots of energy, rescuing a Jack Russell Terrier won’t work. If you’re out of the house for long hours, a cat might be a better fit.
- Will the animal live indoors or outdoors? Did the pet you’re considering live indoors or out?
- Does the pet need to be able to live with other animals? What’s his or her history with other pets?
- Does the pet need to be people-friendly? If you have many visitors or young children, it would be wise to rescue a pet who likes to meet new friends.
- If the new pet and your family don’t end up being a good match, will you be able to return the pet to be adopted by another family?
If you do decide on pet adoption, be sure to create a strong bond between the two of you. Show your new companion some love!
Is your pet a rescue? Tell us about it in the comments!