April 30th is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. On the infographic below we will discuss all the pros when it comes to opening your home to a dog or a cat from a shelter. There are literally a million shelter animals to adopt around the world at a shelter near you!
The Role of Animal Shelters in Society and National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
These non-profit organizations play a key role in every community. They work tirelessly to rehabilitate, care for and socialize animals that in the majority of the cases have fallen victim to the hands of abusers and humans that have neglected them.
The job of the staff at an animal shelter goes unnoticed many times and is a thankless job. They face constant critical issues such as having staff onboard that should be properly trained, enough food for all the animals, the required resources and then any medical requirements.
We should all strive to seek to adopt first, before buying from a breeder.
When You Adopt an Animal From a Shelter on National Adopt a Shelter Pet
When you visit an animal shelter with the goal of adopting a pet or two, you can be sure:
- That the pet’s vaccinations will be up to date.
- The pet will be spayed or neutered.
- The pet will have received deworming.
- The pet is in good health.
- The pet will have been rehabilitated to be ready for its new home.
There are many stories to be told of how animals have come to trust humans again, after probably being treated by them very badly on previous occasions. All animals deserve a safe and loving home to live out their days.
They offer protection, security and life-long companionship in a variety of ways! April is a very fitting month to honor the hard work that the animal shelter staff do for the animals in their care, as well as for all the creatures in need of a loving fur-ever home.
Of course, praise is not the goal in mind that these organizations have. For them it is about saving just one more life that week and they get reward in their job every time that an animal is successfully re-homed.
How to Adopt a Shelter Pet
Adopting a pet from a shelter can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Before you start the adoption process, it is important to understand what is involved and make sure that you are well-prepared for your new pet.
To start, make sure that you have enough time to properly care for your pet. Think about the amount of time you will have to dedicate to feeding, grooming, exercising, and playing with your pet. Make sure that you are prepared for the long-term responsibilities associated with owning a pet.
Next, ensure that you have all of the supplies necessary for your new pet. This includes food and water dishes, toys, bedding, and a comfortable place to sleep. You will also need to purchase any necessary grooming supplies, such as a brush or comb and shampoo. Additionally, it is important to have any necessary medical supplies on hand, such as flea and tick protection products.
Before you visit the shelter, consider what type of pet you would like. Do your research to understand the various breeds, temperaments, and needs of the animal before deciding to participate in this manner for National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. You should also think about how your pet will fit into your lifestyle and consider any potential allergies that family members or other pets may have.
Once you are ready to adopt, contact the shelter in advance to ensure they have availability. When you visit the shelter, take time to familiarize yourself with the pet and ensure that you are comfortable with their energy level and behavior. Finally, be sure to ask any questions you have before taking your new pet home.
Adopting a shelter pet can be an incredibly rewarding experience. With adequate preparation and research, you will be able to make the adoption process smooth and successful. It is important to remember that you are making a lifelong commitment when you adopt. With proper care, your pet can provide joy, companionship, and unconditional love for years to come.
Reasons to Take a Pet Home on National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
Imagine walking in front of the kennel gates and seeing all those wagging dog tails and purring cat faces. They are waiting for you to give them a forever home, to be their savior.
Find a pet that matches your lifestyle
Shelters let you interact with the animals to see if their energy level and friendliness match your lifestyle before you adopt them.
Be ready for a new pet
It is necessary to prepare both emotionally and financially for a new pet. You need to dog-proof or cat-proof your home to ensure that they will be safe in their new environment.
Make sure that you are prepared for emergency veterinary visits. Get pet insurance or a payment plan with your veterinarian.
A healthy pet is a happy pet
Before bringing your new pet into your home take it for a veterinary check-up. Make sure they are healthy and ready for a life-long loving companionship.
Talk to other people that already have experience with adopting a pet from a shelter. You can read other people’s stories if you visit the hashtag #WhyIAdopt on social media.
Spread the love
There is nothing more satisfying than saving a life. Open your home to these lonely, loving souls and embark on a journey together.
If you would like to learn more about pet shelters, read “Veterinary Shelter Medicine” on our blog.
Go on, visit your nearest animal shelter on National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, and open your heart and home!
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