The Right Route To Rescue
Anyone who’s rescued a pet in the past will tell you it’s one of the most rewarding things you can do. Yes, there’s a lot of temptation to go into a pet shop and get a cute baby, untouched by the world. But, there are equally beautiful animals in rescue centers.
While the ‘adopt don’t shop’ effort is ever gaining momentum, there’s still a long way to go.
Animal adoption has stigmas attached, especially when it comes to more violently prone animals, like dogs. We often think rescue dogs will be unsociable and tear our lives apart.
There’s no denying that adopted dogs are more prone to aggression. So would you be if you’d experienced the horrors some of those pups have! But, that doesn’t mean your adopted dog will be out of control. Besides, there are plenty of placid creatures waiting in the cages at your local rescue. The best way to ensure adoption works well for you is to approach it from the right angle. Here are some tips that should help any adoption journey run smooth.
TAKE YOUR TIME
We are a nation which craves instant satisfaction. We’re terrible at waiting. And, while we may not realize it, this is a major reason the pet shop is appealing. We can head in and leave with a bundle of fluff that same day. No one’s trying to tell you that adoption is that easy. But, it’s time to put your immediate needs to the side. Adoption can be a long journey, it’s true. But, it’s one well worth taking.
There are the obvious setbacks, like home checks and adoption papers. But, you should also take your time when choosing an animal. The longer you take, the more chance you have of finding the right fit. If a dog appeals, ask if you can take them for a walk. Visit a few times, at different times of the day. Make sure you gain an accurate idea of the dog’s temperament.
UNDERSTAND THE DOG'S PAST
It’s also crucial that you know your adopted dog’s history. Most of their behavior will be a direct result of the things they’ve experienced. Take time to talk with staff at the shelter and find out where they’ve come from. If they’ve been abused in the past, they may be more prone to hostility. They may dislike males of females. Find out everything you can.
Once you have your dog home, it’s also important to apply flea and tick prevention for dogs to get rid of any previous infections. You may also need to vaccinate, and deworm. Ask at the shelter beforehand, as they may well have taken these steps already.
BUILD A FUTURE TOGETHER
It’s important that you work towards building a future with your dog. Even if they exhibit undesirable behaviors, these may settle down once they feel secure. You need to teach your new dog that they can trust you. It may take a while, but your efforts are sure to pay off.