Adoption Considerations

A cat at the Seattle Animal Shelter

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Adopting a new pet can be a fun experience, but there are many things that you have to keep in mind during this process. The first thing you have to consider is where you are going to adopt your pet from. If you adopt from a rescue organization you will likely have more freedom over what procedures you have to have done on your pet. However if you adopt from an animal shelter you will more than likely be required to have your pet spayed or neutered.

Once you have decided where you are adopting from, you get to pick your pet. This can be fun, but also very hard because you will likely want to take all of the animals home with you. Spend plenty of time and make sure you choose a pet that will fit well in your household. Once you have chosen your pet, you will have to get your home ready for your pet.

If you are bringing home an indoor pet, you will want to make sure you have a litter box or toilet area set up for them, and if you are bringing home an outdoor pet you will need to set up a fence or other way of keeping your pet safe. You will also want to provide them with a house or shelter to keep them warm and dry.

There are so many other little things you have to consider too. You want to make sure you have plenty of food, toys and other things to make your pet’s first days at home comfortable for them. Before long, you and your pet will feel more comfortable with each other and you will find out what other items you need to help make their lives as rich as you can make them.

Hosting a Pet Adoption Event

If you are someone who cares about animals, you may wonder how you can help with the pet population problem in our country. There are many things you can do; of course having your own pet spayed or neutered is one of the best. However, you may want to do something extra to help those pets out there already looking for a home. Helping launch an adoption campaign or event is a large undertaking, but one that can have great rewards. Not only will you be helping pets find homes, you will help individuals and families find the perfect companion for their lives.

Many humane societies and animal shelters would love to have more events to encourage adoption, however most are operating either on a meager governmental budget or strictly on donations. This means they may not have the staffing to get out in the community and encourage adoption.

If you are an interested volunteer, get in touch with the shelter in your community and see if they would be willing to let you host an adoption event.  In many cases they would be thrilled that someone is taking an interest in helping find homes for dogs and cats that may otherwise be put to sleep due to overcrowding.

Once you have their okay, you need to find a location. If there is a large local event like a fair or craft show, this can be a great place to hold it. You will already have a large number of people gathered, and by having the animals on hand, you will be able to help visitors find a pet that would enrich their lives.

This is a very low-cost way of helping with the pet population. You will only need to purchase a banner to attract potential owners to your selection of animals. At the end of the day, hopefully you found homes for many of these pets, and who knows, you may have met your new pet yourself.