Getting a pet for the home is a great move particularly for families that love animals. It is also an opportunity for parents to teach kids responsibility in caring for pets.
Buying a dog or cat from the pet shop is a common option. However, you might also consider adopting a pet from a shelter that keeps homeless animals.
If adopting a pet is your preference, there are some things you need to know first foremost of which is where to find pets up for adoption. Many charities are involved in rescuing unwanted, neglected and abused pets. There are also special interest groups and organizations that rescue and rehome specific breeds of pets. As such, you have to do a little research on these groups in your locality.
Once you’ve found a shelter near your place, visit it and ask about the health care provided to the dog or cat you’re considering. The standard procedures reputable shelters follow include vaccinations, microchipping and desexing the animals as well as ensuring they don’t have fleas, ticks, worms and heartworms.
When you find that the dog or cat you want to adopt is in good condition, it’s time to bring it home. At home, families need to make sure they provide the right environment for the new member. Make the pet comfortable, provide his own space separate from other pets and kids and basic training. Supervision is vital in the first days or week to avoid conflict with other pets, if any.
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