Adopting a Pet

on Apr 25, 2016 @ 04:15 pm

My boyfriend and I are considering getting another animal, but if we do, we would like to adopt a pet from the shelter. Were thinking either a dog or cat.

Has anyone ever done this? What are the pros and cons of adopting a pet?
Any advice would be helpful :)!

6 Replies

. on Apr 25, 2016 @ 04:22 pm

There are many pros! Giving a living being a second chance at a good life(!), they're generally already spayed/neutered and vaccinated, usually housebroken and possibly crate trained, generally have some obedience training. They are observed by their foster homes to see what their temperament is, if they're good with kids or cats/other pets. The only cons could be that they may regress for a little while right after adoption, due to a change in home and the accompanying stress. Rescuing a pet is a fabulous thing to do.

. on Apr 25, 2016 @ 04:25 pm

That's what we were thinking. But we are looking at the younger ones just in case they aren't fully trained, and that way we can train them ourselves.
I think rescuing a pet is an amazing option too

:) on Apr 25, 2016 @ 04:56 pm

Well the only thing I can really say is... PROS all the way from adopting from the shelter!! :) First, you are gonna make that pets world come to life giving them a nice home to have fun and be loved and space to explore :) , from the shelter you will get them all fixed up /shots/dewormed/spayed/neutured, etc which is totally worth it and usually litter trained/house trained too which is awesome. If you choose to adopt an older pet those are the ones that are usually the easiest to get used to your home since they are probably guaranteed litter/house trained, used to people, etc. Younger pets are also great too because then you can train them and teach them the ropes :) oh & kittens when they are hyper and spazzy are the best hahah best of luck, hope you find a nice furever friend!

I'm on my second rescue cat on Apr 25, 2016 @ 05:44 pm

i got my first cat, as a kitten from the Humane Society and she lived to almost 18. about 5 years ago I adopted a second cat from Toronto Pet Rescue - who took over for the Humane Society. He was about 6 months old when i got him. i can't imagine any other way with cats. Rescue animals are abundant, generally have been checked out by a vet, had their initial shots and are neutered. there are also all kinds of non kill shelters around. yes there can be issues with behavior sometimes but you can't guarantee you won't get that with any animal.

. on Apr 25, 2016 @ 10:00 pm

My ex and I adopted our dog from the local shelter. He was great when we met him and when we were there, but soon after he was aggressive towards everyone but me.. He would growl, lunge, and even nip at people if they came near me. We ended up getting training. and they just told me I needed to be more dominant.. I was and have continued to be, and now he growls at me. It got worse to once I got pregnant, he would growl at me every single day and especially if I touched my belly. Once the baby came he got worse, so now he stays with my sister on a farm. I still love him to death, and see him a lot. Hes much better with her..

Sorry for the long story, but I guess the best way to put it (dog wise), is that you never know what their past was. They had picked him up wandering the streets. Its obvious he had been abused and has had issues with men. I wouldn't let that deter you from adopting a shelter dog though! We are continuing to work through things with my pooch. :)

Another pro is that they come vaccinated or fixed!!

. on Apr 25, 2016 @ 11:06 pm

I can't really think of any cons except it may take time to get them used to you and stuff if they dealt with abuse but the pro of that is you will be there to help them through it all. My next animal I am going to adopt. I'd love to adopt an older dog because not many of them getadopted or have a chance and it is so sad. Even if I didn't have many years with the dog I would still want to do it.

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