Choosing a Rescue Animal
Everyone has a perfect pet in mind. Since 1938, movies and television shows featuring Lassie have propelled Rough Collies into the limeligh t. Milo of The Adventures of Milo and Otis brought attention and favor to yellow tabbies, while even the Disney cartoon 101 Dalmatians created a great demand for Dalmatians.
Unfortunately, the reality of caring for these pets proves to be too much for some owners, and shelters are full of cats or dogs that didn't quite exercise for certain individuals. The benefits of adopting a pet from a shelter are great, but falling in love having a pair of big brown (or green!) eyes when you're visiting is far too easy. Before you go, take a moment as well as consider:
No impulse adoptions! Depending on your budget, impulse buying is okay for a pair of shoes or a brand new scarf, but it's not recommended when you're thinking involving pets. Your decision will influence you and everyone in your family for years into the future. Spend time at the shelter …and ask questions of the employees to see what they've observed. What do they know about the pet's history? What are her needs like now? Don't feel pressured to generate a choice after one pay a visit to.
An Order of Patience with a Side of TLC. If a dog or cat continues to be abused, are you willing to spend a bit more time and energy getting together with its needs? A pet abused by a particular gender may not trust anyone of this same gender. Some pets are very wary of children in general. A pet with an unhappy past may be very defensive and startle easily. On the other side, people who've adopted and won over animals like these enjoy the lifelong loyalty of your very grateful pet.
Research breeds and their tendencies. You can learn a whole lot on-line or at your local library. What kind of pet matches all your family members? How active are a person? Does anyone have allergies? Read everything you can acquire - and talk to other pet owners. An informed decision is often a better decision.
Matching lifestyles. If you're a international calls runner and you want a dependable running buddy, a high energy dog as being a Labrador retriever or a grey hound is smart. Every dog -no matter how small or large-- needs regular exercise, ideally more than once a day. You may find the thinking behind snuggling on the sofa using a purring cat more interesting.
Matching expectations to reality. A good example of mismatched expectations is that from 2000 to 2010, there was a 90% decrease in AKC registration of Dalmatians. Many people wanted that breed after seeing the widely used Disney movie - 101 Dalmatians - but unfortunately many were abandoned to shelters once the novelty donned off. In the US, Dalmatians were originally bred and trained to contest to fires and lead the way for horses pulling fire carts. They were great watch dogs for that fire houses because that they got along well along with horses and alerted the firemen to any unsavory figures who might've high jacked a set of fast, powerful horses. It's unrealistic to expect your pet dog with a history (and vitality) like that to snooze for the sofa all day while you're at work.
Who's Groomin' Who? A Persian cat requires daily comb-outs to avoid snarls as well as mats in his pelt. A poodle doesn't drop but needs to be trimmed every 3- 4 weeks. How much time and energy does your routine allow?
"We got rid of the kids. The dog was allergic." Kidding! Some pets are better suited for owners who are sensitive to be able to certain allergens. Breeds sometimes recommended as hypoallergenic are the cockapoo, hairless khala, Airedale terrier and poodle.
Once you've found your perfect pet, be sure to take it to your veterinarian for a baseline check-up. They would love to meet the newest addition to your family and answer any questions you could have.