If you’re considering giving a pet a forever home, adopting a pet gives it a second chance at a fulfilled family life – an opportunity every animal should have.
While getting a new puppy or kitten is very exciting, there’s a lot to be said for adopting an older animal. For starters, if you’re getting them from a reputable rehoming charity they will have had a thorough medical check-up and be neutered, vaccinated, wormed, treated for fleas and microchipped. The adoption fee is likely to be a lot less than the cost of a new kitten or puppy from a breeder and you won’t be inadvertently helping a ‘factory farming’ operation.
Adopted animals already have their personality, making it easier to find a ‘match’ for your lifestyle, although if an animal has been mistreated in the past, you may not get to see it’s full character until it realises it really is safe and loved. Again, a reputable rehoming centre will help in this respect.
If you’re looking for a nice calm cat to sit on your lap and just keep you company, adopting an older cat is ideal. Or if you can’t face toilet training a puppy, adopt one that already know the rules about where they can and can’t go.
Adoption is still a good option if you’re looking for a pedigree. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the local rehoming centres, each breed of cat and dog has a dedicated welfare website. It may take a little while, but if you talk to the people running the welfare websites and let them know what you’re looking for, they may be able to make your wishes come true sooner than you’d expect.
Wherever you decide to get your new pet from, prepare your home and your family for them – that means more than just the litterbox, food, water bowl and scratching post. Understanding a cat’s or dog’s body language can help with communication and knowing why they have certain habits can help you to train them. If you need advice on pet health or behaviour, give Clockhouse a call on 01453 752555.