Monday, February 8, 2016

A New Pet Can Be Your Perfect Valentine!

Wondering who you'll snuggle up with this Valentines Day?  Opening your heart to a pet in need of a loving home can be the perfect Valentine's Day gift, for yourself or for your family!


Give a Shelter Pet a Loving Home, Adopt a Furry Valentine!
I adopted Phoebe from the PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center I volunteer at.
There are so many dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs, and other pets looking for someone to love them and welcome them into their home.  Will you be that someone this Valentine's Day?

THERE'S A BREED SPECIFIC RESCUE ORGANIZATION FOR NEARLY EVERY BREED AND TYPE OF PET OUT THERE.  PLEASE OPT TO ADOPT!!

Be Prepared for pet adoption by asking these questions:

IS THE PET FULL GROWN?  IF NOT, HOW BIG WILL HE GET?
You’ll want to know if your new pet is full grown already or if he's just getting started!  This will help you determine how large a yard, bed, crate, or cage he needs.

WHAT BREED (OR BREED MIX) IS HE?
Most pet breeds have specific attributes and characteristics you should know about so you know what to expect.  Is he a territorial type of pet?  Does he have a strong prey drive making him likely to stalk small pets in the home?  Is he a high energy pet that needs lots of exercise?        



Important pet adoption questions to ask before adopting
Questions to ask before adopting one of the many pets waiting for a loving home!
HOW MUCH DOES HE EAT?
This may not matter if you're adopting a guinea pig, but if you're taking in a rescue horse or a very large dog it matters!

DOES HE SHED A LOT?
Dogs and cats shed, but some dogs and cats shed more than others.  If shedding is a concern, ask if this type of pet sheds a lot.  You may think the shorter the hair the less a cat or dog will shed.  But many short haired dogs shed a ton!  Pugs are just one example of short haired dogs that shed a lot.   Some dog breeds such as the Poodle or Maltese have hair instead of fur and don't shed at all.   The Sphynx cat is hairless so no shedding there!  Cornish Rex or Devon Rex cats shed less than most cats.  You can learn more about these cat breeds on my friend Tracy Stillman's blog, PAWESOME CATS.

IS SHE FRIENDLY WITH PEOPLE AND OTHER PETS?
Sometimes shelter staff and volunteers won’t know for certain, but they can often tell fairly easily through behavior assessments.  If the pet has been fostered ask if the foster parent left notes about her behavior, or if you can speak with the foster.  As a Foster Mama, I’m always happy to provide as much information as possible to a potential adopter.



These questions help you find out if the shelter or rescue pet you want to adopt is right for you!
Who couldn't love this sweet face!  This sweet mellow boy was recently adopted - YAY!
CAN YOU DO A MEET AND GREET WITH YOUR PETS?
Sometimes people who have dogs or cats at home worry about getting another pet.  Ask shelter/rescue staff if they’ll arrange a meet and greet with your current pet and the one you want to adopt to see if they get along.  You want to see if there is an obvious prey drive in your pets towards the new pet.  If they can’t accommodate, make sure you can bring the pet back if it doesn't work out when you introduce them at home.  Get advice from the staff on how to do a proper introduction to your current pets at home.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE ADOPTION FEE?
Know what’s included in the adoption fee and what additional costs you might incur.  Do you need to spay/neuter your new pet?  Does he need any vaccinations or ongoing medical care? 



Arrange a meet & greet before bringing a new pet into a home with pets
I wasn't too thrilled when Mama first brought Phoebe home, but now we are family!  I look out for my little Sis & sometimes I share my toys with her.  Sometimes.
Asking these questions will help you make a good adoption decision and be well prepared to bring your new Valentine home fur good!  

GUESS WHAT?!  PETSMART CHARITIES IS HOSTING A NATIONAL ADOPTION WEEKEND IN PETSMART STORES THIS VALENTINE'S WEEKEND, FEBRUARY 12 - 14, 2016!  YOU MIGHT FIND YOUR FURRY VALENTINE AT YOUR LOCAL PETSMART STORE!  

Looking for fun Furry Valentine's Day DIY ideas and activities to do with your dog? 

I believe these 3 Simple Acts can help end the enormous flood of pets that end up in shelters & rescues every year.

6 comments:

  1. Those are excellent adoption tips! My dogs are my best valentines! :D

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  2. Those are pawsum questions. We don't think many peeps who adopt or even buy anipals ask da right questions. Dat's why da shelters stay full. Have a pawsum day.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  3. I would love to adopt our next puppy from a Basset rescue. Of course, we may have Pierre forever! LOL!

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  4. Love this post. You have covered the most important things to ask. It is always a good idea to go into adoption with your eyes wide open and get all the information you need.

    In exchange for a little shedding you get unconditional love. Who could ask for more than that on Valentines Day!

    Happy Valentines Day Phoebe and Icy!
    Thanks for sharing Cathy.

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  5. Great post! <3 I hope many people will read this and learn and encouraged to adopt a dog! :)

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  6. Absolutely, people should do their research and take the responsibility of adopting seriously. I have volunteered with various shelters in our area and one of the craziest things I ever heard was someone who wanted a cat that matched their couch! Sigh ...

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