At the end of this month (April 30, 2021) we will celebrate National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day. It’s a day that has been created to raise awareness for the millions of animals waiting for their forever homes in shelters across the country.
If you’re considering adopting a rescue animal Abandoned Pet Rescue is the place to start your search.
Most adopters have an idea of what type of pet they want to adopt but feel overwhelmed by the variety of animal breeds, temperaments, and ages found in shelters. A good rule of thumb? Pick a pet whose personality meshes well with yours. Are you a high-energy marathoner? An enthusiastic rescue dog could be your new running buddy. Are you laid-back and relaxed? A mellow cat or older animal may be your perfect pet.
Pets over the age of six are often overlooked by potential adopters, but there are so many reasons why older animals can make ideal furry family members. They tend to be less rambunctious than younger animals, are often already house-trained, and, just like any shelter animal, they are forever grateful for a second chance.
Also remember that, if you live in a condominium or in a home owners association with rules, make sure you know what types and size of animals are permitted. We always follow up but if you know the rules you won’t fall for someone who can’t live in your community.
Before bringing home your shelter pet, make sure you—and your home—are ready for their arrival. Gather the supplies your pet will need: a collar, leash, identification tags, crate, toys, water and food bowls, and food. Ask about your pet’s previous feeding schedule and what type of food they’ve been fed, as a sudden switch in schedules or food can cause tummy issues.
Choose a veterinarian before adopting a pet and schedule a visit within a few days of adoption. You’ll want to take medical records we provide with you to ensure that your new pet is getting the proper care it needs.
Ensure your entire household is prepared for a new pet before adopting. Have a plan in place for which family members will handle certain pet responsibilities, like taking a dog on a walk or emptying the cat’s litter box.
When adopting a new pet with existing pets at home, we will talk with you how to make a proper introduction. But be patient – it can several weeks for a pet to relax in a new environment.
Because of Covid-19, visits to the shelter are only by appointment. So, visit our web site (www.abandonedpetrescue.org) and look at the dogs and cats that are currently available.
Starting today visit us on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM and see our SILVER HAPPY TAILS. And, as we move through our 25th year we have one goal in mind… to find forever homes for those animals who have been abused and neglected and with your help we will keep the dream alive.