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Welcome to RU4Me Pet Rescue!
Before Adopting a Pet
If you're like most of us, falling in love with a pet is easy. And no wonder! Sharing your home with a four-legged friend can be one of life's greatest joys. Dogs, cats, and other pets give us unconditional love. In addition to providing companionship, they even help relieve stress after a hard day's work and boost our state of mind.
Adopting a pet is a big decision. Dogs and cats require time, money, and commitment - over 15 years in many cases. Adoption decisions need to take into account the the long term care and committment for a lifetime.
Before making the decision to bring a furry friend into your life, take a moment to think about these questions below. If there is any doubt that today might not be the right time to make a lifetime commitment, but you would still like to help animals in need, please check out our Foster Program. Fostering is the perfect situation for many people.
Adopt a Pet for Life
This list is essential to consider before adopting a pet.
Many homeless animals are adult dogs and cats originally adopted as puppies and kittens by people who did not fully consider the responsibilities of a lifelong commitment. Sharing your life with a pet can bring incredible rewards, but only with the committment of time, money, energy, and love for the entire life of the pet.
PETS ARE FAMILY
So...You've Thought It All Out...OK, Why Adopt?
Sometimes people are under the impression that a rescue pet has issues and that those issu es led to the pet being surrendered, and that the dog or cat was responsible for being surrendered.
In the vast majority of cases, that's just not true! Most pets who come into rescue are not given up because they have behavioural problems.
In fact, the most common reasons a pet ends up with a rescue organization include the following:
This is not to say that all rescue pets come with perfect manners, perfectly socialized and housebroken. Some pets who have been neglected or abandoned need training, but generally no more than a puppy or kitten.
Reasons to Adopt an Adult Rescue Pet
Here are some reasons why to choose a rescue pet!
You save the hassle and time of training a puppy - Adopting a puppy is essentially bringing an infant into your home... a completely untrained, unsocialised little critter who thinks the crate you bought for him is a jail (and who cries to get out... at 3 AM!), the newspaper for him to squat on is a wonderful toy to be shredded, new shoes are much tastier than toys, and the carpet is an excellent substitute for grass when nature calls!
Most rescue dogs have been house dogs with basic manners, and have been living with a foster family. An older cat most likely will be content being alone - a perfect match for someone who has an active lifestyle.
The bond is strong - A dog that has been abandoned once is usually eager to become part of a loving pack, where they feel safe and secure, and are likely to act accordingly. We find that rescue dogs are generally eager to please their new owners. Adult cats may sleep at the foot of your bed, in a cozy spot in your bedroom or under your bed. A kitten will most likely run around all night climbing and play attacking anything low enough to jump on - including you.
Fewer vet fees - Rescue pets are fully vaccinated and spayed or neutered. 'Free' craigslist puppies and kittens are far from 'free' - their vaccines, spay/neuter, exams, license, and microchip adds up to hundreds of dollars!
What you see is what you get - When you buy a baby pet, you can never really be sure what type of adult you're going to get. All puppies are cute and playful, but their adult personalities aren't visible until they're about two years old. So you don't know whether you're getting a dog who wants t o play all the time (ALL the time!) or a couch potato. When you rescue an adult dog, you know what the dog's personality is like and whether it fits with what you want in a companion.
A cat's personality has already been developed by the time it's one year old. A lap cat will continue to be a lap cat and it is easy to determine if the new cat will work out in a multi-cat household. With an adult cat, you definitely know what you're getting.
Adult pets are generally better for families - Adult pets generally are better with kids. Pups and kittens can play rough and cause harm to children by biting, nipping or scratching. When excited, large breed pups can knock children over accidentally. Children sometimes handle animals too roughly and can cause harm.
Adult pets are more mellow and more able to get themselves out of harms way and b ecause of this are often more patient with children.
Rescue teaches kids good values - Adopting a rescue pet for your family presents a wonderful opportunity to teach your children basic values of compassion and caring, and also about the value of second chances.
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Thank you for helping save lives!!