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I Want You to Want Me

By October 13, 2011No Comments
Shelters have a great selection of adult animals, and many of them also offer kittens, puppies, and purebred pets.

Many pets at your local shelter are waiting for new homes because they were obtained by people with unrealistic expectations of the time, effort, and money required to sustain a lifelong relationship with their pet.  Animals at your local shelter are just waiting for someone like you to give them a new home.
You can depend on responsible shelters to assess the animals’ health and temperament in order to make the best adoption matches possible. When animals are relinquished by owners, the shelter staff makes every attempt
to collect a thorough history of that pet.
Advantages of a shelter adoption
In an effort to make good matches between people and animals, and to place pets in lifelong homes, many shelters provide adoption counseling and follow-up assistance, such as pet-parenting and dog-training classes,  medical services, and behavior counseling. Or they may be able to refer you
to providers of these services.
Another advantage to shelter adoptions is that the fees are usually much less than the purchase price of an animal from a pet store or breeder. And your new pet is more likely to be vaccinated, de-wormed, and spayed
or neutered.
To locate your local animal shelter, check under “animal shelter,” “animal control,” or “humane society.” Or go online—many shelters have websites that feature animals available for adoption. Some sites even allow you to download adoption forms and plan ahead by providing tips on responsible pet care.
About purebred rescue groups
Purebred rescue groups are usually run by people with in-depth knowledge of a specific breed. Rescue groups keep adoptable animals until they can be placed in loving, permanent homes. These animals may come from failed breeding operations; arrive from boarding kennels and veterinarians, where they were abandoned; be rescued as strays living on the streets; or be obtained through the cooperation of local animal shelters. Adoption fees vary, depending on veterinary and other costs that have been incurred.
Follow-up counseling is usually available.
When you contact a breed rescue group, be sure to find out as much as you can about the group: how it cares for its animals, how it decides which animals are adoptable, and what other adoption and post-adoption  services are available.

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