So many good-hearted people want to adopt pets from certain death. First and foremost, it must be a family decision and everyone is onboard. Taking on a pet, well, it is the same as taking on another child. I have rescued hundreds of dogs while owning my own. Puppies, dogs on the streets, and from moments of the needle of death, I realized one thing, you can save a life while yours will be inconvenienced momentarily. I have never been sorry for the work I do or the monetary squeeze; they need a halfway to forever homes, just as children without parents.
If you are considering adopting a dog, or getting a pet after the family is onboard, please reflect on your lifestyle. I cannot say I ever met a dog true to its breed. Canines are as individual as every human being is to a race. One thing is true, though; the breed of dog or cat does and will exhibit certain behaviors true to its breed. A rescued pet may seem “not an accurate fit” because of trauma or mistrust in humans. A routine and patience is the upmost importance. It really never is a “perfect” situation”, just as life is with any relationship.
Part of the family is the current pet and household conditions. In other words, your current pet has to be of the nature wanting to interact with other cats/dogs. Though expenses may increase and squeeze your wallet, the unconditional love is immeasurable.
My recommendations are, first, research a breed appropriate for your lifestyle and home. Next, seek out rescue groups that often rely on foster homes, and they are always in need of them. Next, is Animal Care/Control where animals have three to four days, healthy or not, will meet the “needle of death.” Any animal coming out of the humane societies or animal care/control may have a strong strain of viral upper respiratory infection. The infection is easily cared for with antibiotics and a clean environment. Please be sure your current pets are up to date on all their shots, including kennel cough.
Please understand the difference between humane societies and animal care/control. Humane societies are for owner’s that can now longer have the animal. Most often nowadays, it is due to economics and need to move or loss of jobs. Animal care/control is for the dogs and cats they find on the streets. The only time a humane society will take a dog that is not your own is on Sundays, when animal care/control is closed. Please understand, even humane societies kill and refuse, and often beloved pets are dropped off at animal care/control.
There are ways to save money on the new member of your family. With a prescription, a reliable catalogue company can offer more affordable options for medication and heartworm and flea and tick prevention.
Quote: “Saving one dog will not change the world, but it will certainly change the world for that one dog.” (Pets in Distress, Broward County and author unknown)