What To Know Before Adopting A Shelter Animal

What To Know Before Adopting A Shelter Animal

Read these important tips before you choose a pet from your local shelter.

Anytime you bring a pet into your home and your family, you are not only improving the life of a loving, needing animal, but you are also enriching your own life. Pets often times make the best companions and friends, providing us with love, comfort and happiness when we most need it. And all that pets ask for in return is just a little bit of your love and attention.

However, when you make the life changing decision to bring a new animal into your family from a local shelter or animal rescue, you are not only improving their life, but often you are also saving it.

Each year, 6 to 8 million dogs and cats are brought into shelters across the United States, and a large portion of these pets are euthanized due to pet overpopulation and the lack of room for them. In fact, approximately three to four million animals are euthanized in shelters nationwide each and every year. That amounts to one every nine seconds.

Adopting pets from these rescue centers/shelters, rather than through a pet store or a breeder, can help to save a pet who may just not make it without your help. If you are interested in bringing a new furry friend into your home and family this year, consider the following benefits that come with adopting from a shelter.

Do Your Homework

Before you head off to the shelter to begin visiting with all of the different animals, have a few set ideas of what you are looking for in the back of your mind:

  • What type of animal will fit best with your family, your lifestyle and your home?
  • Does anyone in your home have pet allergies?
  • What type of temperament are you looking for from a pet?

It is easy to forget about these important details when you are introduced to dozens of different animals at once. However, choosing a pet based on your answers to a few thoughtful questions will ensure that you have the best relationship possible.

Don’t Feel Rushed

Just because you are heading into an animal shelter to look for a possible new companion, doesn’t mean that you have to leave with a new pet that day. In fact, shelter volunteers would much rather you take the time to think over your decision carefully and make sure that a certain animal is the right fit for you, rather than have an animal return back to a shelter because the family wasn’t a good match. If you don’t find the pet you are looking for right away, check back another day.

Consider A Foster Animal

The animals that you see when you walk into an animal shelter are not the only animals that are available for adoption. Many local families will often take in foster pets in order to make more room for homeless pets who need the space in the shelter. Adopting an animal that someone is fostering can actually be a great way to learn about their habits and tendencies, making for an easier transition into your own home (or someone else’s’ home).

Now that you know these helpful tips about adopting an animal from a local shelter, you can research the type of pet your are looking to adopt and start visiting the local animal rescues in your area! Contact Texas Alliance For Homeless Pets for more information about how to adopt from local pet shelters in your area.


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