Hi! This is Al Catcino here… and I gotta deal you can’t refuse, see? Family… you can’t ever forget how important family is and even though I’ve met some pretty tough cats (and dogs), I think they all need family and deserve respect. You listenin’ to me? Well, here’s the thing, see. Dogs and cats deserve a real, forever family, see. And the really sad thing is, not everyone has one and so even a tough cat like me likes to go to shelters and rescue groups to add to my family. I’ve uh, lost a few family members from time to time, see, so I know how to find great new ones. And, my father always said, a cat who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real cat – ya read me?
So, here are some things to ponder before you add to your family, ok?
- When making the decision to adopt make sure that the entire family is on the same page with how you are going to train your new friend, as well as what and how often you are going to feed them. The family has got to be on side, see? Just like my family in Sicily, everybody’s got to be on the same page! All animals need some sort of structure to feel comfortable, but rescue animals tend to need a little bit more structure, especially at first as they are getting use to a new home, and their new family.
- Don’t jump the gun… you know what I mean? Take your time. When looking into adopting a new pet make sure you go and meet a few different animals, or some rescues have a website on which you can view their current adoptables before you go in to meet them.
- Patience. My father always said, wait for the right moment. Often times you are unable to adopt your new friend right away. That’s ok. It’ll be worth the wait.
- Do your research – check ‘im out first. When you go to meet your new potential friend, watch for symptoms of behavioural issues, and always ask about medical history. Now if you notice they have a behavioural problem, always take them out of the shelter to a more open and grassy area where they may feel more comfortable, as well let them come to you versus you approaching them. These things can make a huge difference in their personality, sometimes they are just uncomfortable with being in a kennel or feeling like they are backed into a corner. Also behavioural issues don’t mean that they are a bad animal to adopt, just means that they need a special kind of family that understands their specific needs, and understands that it is going to be tough at first, but it can be very rewarding. Loyalty see, that’s what’s important in a family and you will earn that with your new friend.
- Always be prepared – if you are adopting an animal with obvious anxiety issues or behavioural problems, be sure you are prepared to deal with those issues. If you don’t have a Godfather, like me, speak to your PetFocus veterinarian – he or she will give you the scoop. My family knows the importance of training for every job we do – you may also want to be check out the PetFocus trainers, too. Destruction – I know a bit about that – and so you should make sure that your home is prepared for an animal that may chew or destroy items; provide them with lots of toys which they can utilize instead of your shoe, or couch leg.
For anyone who is interested in adopting a pet in the HRM you can follow this link and find the rescue that best suits you! http://www.maritimeanimalrescue.com/contacts.shtml#ns
Thank you for supporting you local shelters, and thanks for considering adoption as an option for your new friends. You’ll be glad you did!