Your Relationships: Pet Adoption

Humans aren’t the only ones we can have relationships with. Sometimes our four-legged friends can be prove to be just as valuable. Before you run out to the pet store, however, and dish out hundreds — even thousands — of dollars to purchase that precious pooch or kitty, considering opening your heart and home to a rescue.

Our dog was found in a vacated apartment, locked inside a bathroom with nothing to eat or drink except water from the toilet. If that doesn’t break your heart, his little face will. He is the most affectionate, loving dog I think I’ve ever met. All he wants is to curl up next to you and get tummy rubs. and yet he had been abandoned, starved, and was desperately in need of a loving home.

He was rescued by an organization in Canton, Connecticut known as Bully Breed Rescue. We found him through Petfinder.com, but that’s certainly not the only way to locate a pet in need of love and care. Check out your local animal shelter or Humane Society. Some pet supply stores will host pet adoption events. Browse your local newspaper for ads listing pets in need of homes. Even radio and television stations will at times host events for pet adoptions.

There are still costs associated with adoptions, which usually go toward the initial care of the animal  before you took over. The animal was likely treated by a vet, perhaps spayed or neutered, and vaccinated, plus there were boarding and feeding costs. Be prepared to dish out a couple hundred dollars to cover these expenses. And, of course, you will need supplies for the ongoing care of your pet.

Ready to open your heart and home to a rescue? Before you take that step, there a few things to keep in mind:

  • Our home was inspected before we were approved to adopt Oliver. His foster mommy visited us with him to make sure the home was suitable and appropriate. Check out your home from the viewpoint of a four-legged creature to make sure everything is as it should be.
  • There are costs associated with owning a pet, including food, vet bills, medications, and supplies. Be prepared to support that animal for as long as it may live.
  • In addition to material goods, animals need love. Don’t adopt a pet if you won’t be able to give it the attention it needs.
  • Understand that just as with human children, our furry friends can have problems. They can have health concerns, behavioral issues, and psychological scars — especially if they’re rescues. Make sure you an be patient and understanding enough to take on these issues.

And last but not least, understand that your new pet will come complete with his or her own personality. Be prepared to surrender your heart when you look into those little eyes.

 

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