We are so pleased that you are interested in adopting a rescue animal. It is important to be well-researched before committing to a new pet, even if you are an experienced pet owner or already have other pets. Please take the following points into consideration and enter into adoption only when you are certain that you can provide the animal with a secure future for the duration of its life.
Do you have the time for a pet?
Dogs, regardless of their size need regular exercise. Can you commit to walking the dog for at least 30 minutes each day? If you have a hectic work/life schedule it is not fair to adopt a pet who will not receive the basic care they deserve.
Do you have secure housing arrangements?
When you adopt a pet, you should adopt with the intention of owning the pet for the duration of its life, and as such should take your future housing arrangements into consideration. If you are currently renting you must take into consideration the fact that when your lease expires you will have to move and your next home (or the one after that, and after that) may not be pet friendly. We have seen enough surrender cases to know that the majority of rentals are not pet friendly.
Can you afford the upkeep of a pet?
Let’s be honest, a ‘free’ pet is never actually ‘free’. They require ongoing veterinary treatment such as their annual vaccinations and a responsible pet owner will abide by laws and micro chip and sterilise their pet. Don’t forget the weekly cost of feeding a pet (especially a large breed dog), along with providing basic bedding and toys. You must also take into consideration unexpected veterinary bills. What if your pet is injured or falls ill? Can you afford the funds needed for its recovery?
Are you planning on starting a family?
It is so disappointing to see the amount of surrender cases where a couple have started a family and suddenly don’t have time for or can’t afford their pet. A pet shouldn’t be seen as a disposable product, and as such shouldn’t be discarded once a baby comes along. Some people fear that their dog or cat will smother or injure their baby. With the correct introduction and supervision methods, it is perfectly safe and good for a child’s development to grow up with a family pet.
Am I adopting for the right reason?
Is your child pestering you for a pet? At the end of the day, who cleans the dog poop and kitty litter, who feeds the animal and who takes it for its daily walks? We can almost guarantee that it’s not your child. You need to be prepared to be that person! As much as a pet is good for a child’s development, it is not expected that a young child can provide the animal with food, clean litter and daily walks.
Am I prepared to look after the pet for the duration of its life?
Some cats and dogs live to be 20 years (or older!), we owe it to our pets to provide them with a secure future. Where will you be in 5, 10, 15 years? If you have future travel plans and the animal can’t go with you, where will it end up? If you plan on having a family that doesn’t involve pets, where will it end up? If you lose your source of income and can’t afford the upkeep of your pet, where will it end up? The sad and harsh truth is “In the pound, on the streets, abandoned or euthanised”.
Please take all of the above into consideration before adopting. You may think that you “won’t be one of those people who give up their pets”, but unforeseen circumstances and situations (sometimes beyond our control) do occur and this is why there are so many animals without a home.
If you believe that you can provide a pet with the care and attention it needs for the duration of its life, we welcome you to take a look at at our pets available for adoption.