Most people in the dog community agree that rescuing a pet is the best way build your brood. Puppy mills and pet stores may be unethical in their treatment and sale of pets both in what you’re actually getting and how they are raised. And anyway, who hasn’t choked up at a Sarah McLaughlin commercial? Rescuing your pet means you’ve done something good. If you’re thinking about rescuing, here is what you should know about pet rescues, according to the Humane Society.
What You Need To Know About Pet Rescues
- Six to eight million pets (not just dogs) are rescued yearly. Of those, 25% are purebred. If you were on the fence about adopting because you had your heart set on a purebreed, you can still find one, especially if you look for a breed specific rescue group. This will require homework and possibly travel to find the right pet, but it will be worth it.
- Don’t assume that potential rescues end up at shelters because they were ill-behaved, not raised properly, or in poor health. The most common reason pets end up at shelters is because of moving or landlord issues.
- Pets adopted from shelters cost less than pets purchased or even acquired for free—once you add in the cost of vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, microchip, dewormer, and other “extras” included in your adoption fee, you’ll probably be surprised what a bargain an adopted pet really is. And most importantly, what you don’t have to worry about. Most shelters and rescue groups conduct through behavioral analysis of each pet to ensure that they will be the right fit for your family, dramatically improving the chances your new pet will fit right in.
- A good shelter will conduct a behavioral analysis of each pet to ensure that they will be the right fit for your family. Remember, shelters rescue animals because they care about them. Everyone wants the pet to be a good fit for your family to reduce the chances he’ll end up back at the shelter.
Once you’ve made the decision to adopt, take these easy steps:
- Consider all of the factors that might influence the kind of dog or pet you’re adopting. Consider: children in the family, possible allergies, space, time, and energy. This will help the shelter place you with the right pet.
- Do your research! The first step to be to do a local search for rescue breed groups and shelters. Read reviews and understand what kind of experience others have had. Check out Petfinder.com or the Shelter Pet Project for the most comprehensive listings.
- Visit local shelters. Sometimes, research aside, when you see the right one, you just know.