Animal adopting a rescue is an amazing thing to do. However, it is also a decision that should only be taken after careful thought. A rushed decision may lead to problems in the future and may impact the pet negatively.
So what are the considerations rescue pet adopters should make?
Will The Rescue Organization Allow You To Adopt?
Rescue organizations often have an application that prospective adopters must complete. Before falling in love with a rescue animal, try to read up and inform yourself about the regulations, if they exist. Evaluate whether your lifestyle is suitable for your pet, as some rescue animals need constant care, love and attention in order to recover from their troubled pasts.
Are You Up For The Commitment?
A pet is a friend for life. Before adopting a pet, you need to be sure that you are up for the commitment. It’s extremely unfair for pet owners to adopt a pet and then decide a week later that they can’t keep it.
The average life span of cats and dogs is about 12 to 18 years, varying from breed to breed. Therefore, you need to ensure that you have enough time to spend with your pet. If you live by yourself and are a frequent traveler then adopting a cat or a dog may not be the best idea, as they both require a lot of love and attention.
Have a detailed discussion with your family about how much they can contribute to taking care of the pet and then decide if adopting a pet is for you or not.
Is Your Home Pet-Friendly?
Different breeds require different types of environments to live and thrive in. It is wise to check with your landlord if they are okay with pets. In addition, there should be a home visit from the rescue group just to make sure the home is safe for a pet. For example, this includes screens in the windows, and checking to make sure there aren’t any plants which are toxic to animals.
If there are young children in your home, getting a kitten or a puppy may not be the best idea, as they are unaware on how to treat them or be around them. Children might think that they are playing a game while the pet may end up getting hurt. This may lead to conflict and may cause problems in the future as the pet may feel unwelcome in your home.
If all of the above tips check out and you are ready to adopt a furry little friend, get in touch with Little Wanderers NYC, a volunteer-based cat rescue organization dedicated to helping hundreds of kitties around NYC find a loving home.
We provide extensive foster care for the cats that we rescue.