Things to consider when getting a pet through Animal Rescue
Animal rescue organizations or groups offer a great place to get your next family pet. These groups are all different, but they do have common goals. These groups work hard to locate a permanent loving home for unwanted or misplaced cats and dogs. Many rescue groups rely on volunteers and donations to care for these pets while they are between homes.
When you begin looking for a rescue group to work with, you will find that most of these groups rely on their hard-working volunteers and support from the local community. You will also find various animals available through these rescue groups. Many of these groups handle all types of animals, and you will find kittens, puppies, and even older pets available for adoption. You might be surprised to learn that some groups even offer exotic pets such as reptiles, pot-bellied pigs, and even guinea pigs.
As you look at pets available through rescue groups, remember that some animals have had very hard lives. You may find a dog that its previous owner abused. You may find a female cat that has just given birth. Their owners have relinquished many of the animals offered by rescue groups because they are moving or can no longer care for them. In addition, some of these groups take animals that live in kill shelters or as strays on the streets. Some programs also offer spay and neuter release programs for feral cats.
Rescue groups are known for doing an excellent job of screening animals before adopting them to new homes. They also screen potential pet owners. If you find a pet offered through a pet rescue group, you will be asked to sign a contract saying that you agree to care for the pet long-term. You will also be asked several questions about your home, your children, and other pets you may have. This is not to be nosey but to help match an owner with the right pet. If the animal suffers from a medical condition like diabetes, the new owners know this upfront before adopting. Having the animal’s health history at the time of adoption helps the animal find a permanent home.
Adopting your next pet through an animal rescue organization can gain much personal satisfaction. You know you have done something to help, and your new pet will show its appreciation. If you are interested in adopting through one of the many rescue organizations, finding one in your area is easy. Your vet can give you the contact information for organizations near you. Most of the time, these pets are kept in private homes (foster homes) until adopted. This gives the animal time to be socialized with other pets, children and time to get used to living in a home. Sometimes, animal rescue groups bring their animals that need homes to pet stores or other locations for interested people to see and meet the animals on certain weekends.
When choosing a pet in a rescue program, be prepared to undergo an interview and application process. The organization wants to know if these pets will be well cared for long-term. You will probably be asked about other pets you may have, the age of your children, the size of your yard, and your thoughts on a cat with claws if you are looking at a cat. This is to help match the pet with the right owner. Adoption fees vary by each organization, but you can expect to pay at least $100-$200 for a rescued animal. These groups do not make a profit. These fees cover the cost of the animal while it is in the organization’s care. This adoption fee usually covers vaccinations, medical exams, spaying, and neutering.
Getting your next pet through an animal rescue organization is a responsible way to get your next family member. You can also find many volunteer opportunities through these organizations.