Thousands of animals end up in animal shelters every year. Most that end up in shelters come from homes of abusive pet owners. These rescued pets are then put up for adoption in the hopes that the animal's next home will be suitable and nurturing. An extensive screening process of the potential adopters is done by the animal shelter staff to ensure that the animal is a perfect match for the adopter. If you are looking for an animal to adopt, try these simple steps and start helping in the effort to save animals in distress.
- Make a call to all animal shelters in your area. Each animal shelter has a different process of screening a prospective adopter. Making a call to each of the shelters in your area will help you prepare all the necessary requirements and papers if there are any.
- Consider adopting an animal from a pet rescue group. Animals in shelters tend to exhibit problematic traits that are a result of having been with abusive owners. The advantage of adopting an animal from a rescue group is that they provide follow up services to new owners. If there is a problem with your new pet, then a return or replacement can be arranged. This is to make sure that all animals and their prospective owners are the best match possible.
- Prepare the necessary pet adoption fees. Most shelters who are serious in their pet rescue advocacies charge minimal fees. These usually go to veterinary care and may include the spaying or neutering of the animal, rabies or distemper vaccination.
- Make your home a warm and nurturing place for your adopted pet. Bear in mind that these animals went through a rough time with their previous owners. So you may want to prepare yourself for the possibility that the first few weeks will be bumpy for you and your new pet. A few scratches and bite marks on the walls and on the couch may happen. But remain as firm but gentle as possible to gain the animal's trust.
Individuals who choose to support such worthy causes like adopting animals are helping rid the world of cruelty and unjust treatment of animals. Not only will this kind act be viewed with respect by animal rights advocates, but be rewarded with love and care by your adopted animal friend as well.