Pet Adoption – Choosing a Pet
Pet adoption is the process of transferring responsibility for an animal to another person. This is often done by shelters, rescue groups or private individuals. Some shelters give adopters ownership of the pet, while others use a guardianship model.
The rehoming sector, including Community Foster Care Networks and rescue groups, plays an important role in reducing the number of dogs and cats that are euthanised at Victoria’s pounds and shelters. These groups take in animals that are homeless or surrendered by their owners.
Choosing a pet
Choosing a pet from an animal shelter is a big decision and you’ll probably have some questions to answer before being allowed to take the pet home. These questions are designed to help the shelter staff make sure that a cat or dog goes to a permanent, loving home and doesn’t cycle through homes too quickly.
You’ll need to consider your family and lifestyle. For example, will you be able to provide your new pet with the attention and exercise they require? You may also want to ask the shelter staff about possible behavioural issues.
Generally, it’s best to bring the entire family along when selecting a pet from the shelter. This is important so that everyone can make an informed decision and be on board with the choice. In addition, the family will be able to help with house-training and other early life issues. They can also help with preparing the home, such as pet-proofing and getting existing pets ready for a new sibling.
Adopting a pet
The process of adopting a pet is a big commitment and should be taken very seriously. The first step in finding the perfect animal is to visit your local shelter or rescue group. The animals are crated and not easily accessible, but the staff can help you find a pet that is right for your home.
The staff will ask you questions about your household and lifestyle, including whether children or other pets live with you. They want to ensure that you will be able to provide the animal with a forever home. If possible, they will try to place a dog or cat with someone who has lived in the same house for at least two years.
Before leaving the adoption center, it’s important to have a valid government-issued photo ID with your current address. You may also be required to present a recent utility bill or rent receipt to show that you can afford to care for your new pet.
Training a pet
Pet adoption is an important decision, and many pets come from shelters or rescue groups. These animals need to be trained, and this process takes time and patience. Having the right environment for a pet is also critical. Some adopters may have to make adjustments to their living situation before the pet can settle in.
Adopting a pet is a life-long commitment. Consider whether possible life changes such as moving, changing work schedules, a new baby, or a relationship change will affect your ability to provide for your new pet. It is also important to be aware of the behavioural challenges that a new pet can present and how you will deal with them.
Once you have decided on a pet, be sure to prepare your home before heading to the shelter. This includes pet-proofing, ensuring that your lease or association allows for pets, and making sure you have food, toys and a leash. Many shelters require a pre-adoption visit with a volunteer or staff member to ensure that you are ready for the commitment of adopting a pet.
Care for your pet
When choosing a pet, it is important to consider the long-term commitment. Dogs live for about 13 years and cats for 15-20, so it’s crucial that you make sure you are committed to the care of your new pet for its entire life. This includes a lifetime of veterinary care and a proper diet.
During the adoption process, shelter staff will ask you questions to ensure that you can properly care for the pet. These questions include if the pet will get along with children and other pets, if it has any health issues, and if it is spayed or neutered.
During the process, you may have to leave your family pet for a while while the shelter staff completes paperwork. This is to protect the animal from people that aren’t ready for a pet, and also to ensure the safety of all animals in the shelter. It is also a good idea to prepare for the pet’s transition home by purchasing supplies such as collars, leashes and food ahead of time.