As we enter the month of October, many of us are excited for Halloween and all the other delights that Fall brings with it. However, this month is special for animals too, especially those within shelter. After all, it’s Adopt a Dog month! Which is why we thought it’d be a great idea to cover some pet adoption tips.
During this special month, we should all take some time to consider what we could be doing to help the many dogs stuck within shelters. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t give some thought to the many cats in shelters too!
While adoption is the best way to help sheltered animals, it’s paramount that you ensure that you have the space, time, and energy to raise an animal before you adopt. Therefore, in this article, we’re going to cover what you need to consider before adopting a pet.
Keep reading for some great pet adoption tips!
Why Adoption is Sorely Needed
Around 6.5 million animals enter American animal shelters each year. Devastatingly, 1.5 million of these animals are euthanized. Many of these animals are perfectly healthy, but because these shelters are consistently overburdened and overcrowded, they have to be euthanized to make space.
It’s particularly relevant to animals that are of senior age or that may have pre-existing medical conditions. These pets are usually difficult to rehome, as many families prefer young animals.
However, senior pets with and without medical issues can still be very fulfilling companions. They’re just as deserving of a loving home and family.
We believe that no animal deserves to die simply due to a simple lack of space. Adoption, in a very real sense, saves lives. Especially for those pets that may be old or with health conditions. Due to this, it’d be amazing if many of us could help out by adopting!
Pet Adoption Tips – Important Considerations
The goal of pet adoption is to provide these animals with a loving, permanent home. If you don’t think you can provide this, then adoption isn’t a good option for you. It’s very important that you consider whether you have the time or space to adopt a pet before rushing into any decisions.
Therefore, it’s a great idea to consider every aspect of adopting a pet before committing to an adoption. You don’t want to take an animal out of a shelter just to put them straight back in! Ensure you consider their energy levels, grooming requirements, level of training, health, and so on.
Many shelters are happy to work with you, helping you to find an animal that is right for you. Be sure to make use of them and their expertise, as it will make things a lot easier!
If you feel like you can’t take on an animal currently, that’s okay! There’s plenty of other ways you can help shelters, such as through donations. Click here for examples of items many animal shelters are in need of.
Happy Adopt a Dog Month!
Adoptions go a long way to helping every companion animal throughout America live a long and fulfilling life. If you feel like you could take on a new pet, please consider adopting instead of buying!
There are plenty of sites that can help match a prospective pet with your current situation and preferences. See below:
If you find yourself adopting a pet this Fall, remember that we at Groomit are more than happy to help care for them! We’d love to provide your newly-adopted pet with a real taste of luxury. Feel free to take a look through our services to see how we can help!