Getting Your Dog From A Shelter
I am sure pet lovers all over will agree that choosing a pet from a shelter is very rewarding. Most of the pets found in these places are healthier and trained than many of the dogs that end up in shelters every year. Adopting a pet has always been a controversial issue, and this debate will only get worse and angrier as time goes on. You’ll hear about all of the good and bad shelters have to offer, and how anyone can obtain a perfectly behaved animal. Shelter pets are just as lovable as any pet bought from a breeder, and they offer a much better chance to adopt something wonderful. As long as you meet the requirements for the individual animal, you are more likely to find the perfect companion.
Some people are not comfortable adopting a pet from a shelter, but that comes with understandable reasons. Most of the pets being surrendered have behavioral problems that do not make them ideal for everyone. Some behavioral problems will only become obvious after a few days or weeks, and you’ll want to get a head start on determining which training techniques and tools will make them manageable. You may find that a training plan designed to work with a particular pet begin to look messy and frustrating after a few days, and it’s at this point that some people will likely decide that they don’t want to adopt the animal. Before you begin training, remember that even training experts suggest that you spend several days with an animal before you bring them home, making sure that they get used to your new home and family. Training and behavioral issues can become worse once an animal realizes they are not getting enough attention and they’ll start to pattern their behavior around the new family and surroundings.
After you have gone to visit a shelter yourself and have watched the animals interact with the volunteers and staff, you’ll know which animals to avoid and which ones may be a better fit than what you expected. Before you bring a pet home from a shelter, consider the following things:
1. If you plan to have more than one pet, you will want to spend some time with the new pet before bringing him or her home. This will allow you to adjust your pet to your home easier, and you may want to keep the pet you bring home for a few days or have a friend or family member with them to spend some time with them.
2. Spaying or neutering your pet is a must! Unless you have specific plans to breed your pet, you absolutely must have your pet spayed or neutered. Bringing your pet to a shelter and having them spayed or neutered will prevent any unnecessary behavioral issues that may develop.
3. Make sure to find a reputable shelter. Many shelters will automatically put animals to sleep if they are not adopted or adopted very quickly. To ensure that your potential pet is not put to sleep on a whim, make sure that you take your time and make sure that they are going to be a good match for your family.
4. Ensure that your pet is completely healthy before bringing them to the shelter. Make sure that they are current on all vaccinations and have regular checkups. If you take the necessary precautions, you can rest assured that your pet will be treated well by the time they reach the shelter.
5. When you first visit your local animal shelter, make sure that your pet is on a leash. It may be a good idea to have someone with you to take your pet on a walk so that they can be around other animals. If your pet is afraid of the surroundings or if they are not familiar with the surroundings, they may react and bite.
6. Your pet should be current on all vaccines and have a current veterinarian certificate. A broke and Gale animal may get far more anxious and may risk biting.
7. The shelter will most likely want to see your pet’s current rabies certification and if it is not current it may want to see proof of their shots as well.
8. If your pet has any special needs or has issues with going to the vet make sure to let the staff know. This way they can keep your pet current on all vaccines and treatments and make sure that if there are seminar or training classes held at the shelter, your pet will be better suited than if there were a large group of animals.
9. Adopting a rescued animal has special benefits. Obedience training can be one way to help your animal be successful in a new home. compassion should be your primary goal when adopting a pet, but in many shelters around the country that may not be possible. There are some animals in shelters who have suffered trauma from abuse and or neglect and need to experience a “Check up with the Police” first. Before that time comes for your animal to be fostered or adopted out to you, make sure that you have found a reputable person to provide them with the long needed care.