Adopting a Rescued Pet

There are are so many rescued or abandoned pets that need good homes. Even if you are looking for a specific breed or temperament, adopting a pet is a great way to ease the burden on local shelters. This is a guide about adopting a rescued pet.

January 4, 2012 Flag
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I strongly recommend that anyone who is wanting to add a kitten or cat to their life, do so by adopting one from a shelter or rescue organization. I have done this often and have found the following tips helpful when bringing home a cat or kitten from a shelter.

A young tortiseshell kitten playing with a toy.

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August 5, 2011 Flag
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2 of our 3 Boston Terriers are rescue dogs (1 from Freecycle, 1 from a shelter). The one on Freecycle was on a short leash and left in a plastic barrel outside. They are the most amazing animals.

Our 3rd Boston Terrier came from a female Boston Terrier, who died during birth. It was up to me to raise 5 orphaned dogs. 2 died pretty quickly; 3 survived for 12 weeks, and then 2 of those died. We had the remaining one, and he is still here after 3 plus years. I bottle fed those babies every 2 hours, so of course my middle Boston Terrier is my special angel baby.


A year ago we adopted an older dog via a humane shelter about 60 miles away. They said he was about 6 - 7 years old, but he is more like a 10-11 year old. He has adapted to our family just fine. I will miss him when he passes on, but I know in my heart he was happy with his final forever home.

A few weeks ago we rescued another Boston Terrier from Freecycle, and my mother has him. He is an absolute delight. So anyone thinking about buying an animal from a pet store or anything like that, look to rescue dogs. You will have unconditional love, and one of the best pets you could ever have!

I have a sign in my kitchen that says "Dogs are like potato chips, you can't have just one". So true, kind of like kids. One more just makes things more interesting!

By LMay from South TX

August 5, 20110 found this helpful


Our friends have 2 boston's... Lucy & Chewy. They are just adorable and yes, they are rescues. We only rescue here at our house. Thank you for posting the pix of your cute fue-babies...

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August 6, 20110 found this helpful

They are just precious! We have a ferret from and we just love her. It is so true, don't buy from pet stores if you can help it, we adopted our guinea pig babies from the shelter, three of them, females, and all our dogs are rescues but one, which Mom bought from a responsible breeder.

Here is a pic of our guinea pigs, they are growing so fast! This is Tay TAy. My daughter photographs them very well..they sit for her really nice.

Blessings, to you for sharing your darling babies!


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August 26, 20120 found this helpful

What a pleasure to read this story and view these beautiful "forever home' group. Love the sign in your kitchen. Mine says "the more I see of people, the better I like my dog" German Shepherds. and like you there always seems to be room for "just one more".

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August 23, 2006 Flag
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When adopting a pet from the humane society, ask as many questions as possible, the animal's history, where it came from, etc.

Jake with info.

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March 23, 2006 Flag
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Adopting a pet from an animal shelter or rescue group isn't as easy as going into the food store and picking out a new flavor of ice cream. Things are a little more complicated than that!

The first step is to make a visit to your shelter of choice. Plan on going just to look. Many shelters will not let you take an animal home the same day. There is often a waiting period while the staff checks vet references and even conducts a home visit to see if you have the appropriate space for a pet.

If there is a particular animal you like, you can have a little one-on-one time with them. For dogs, you'll often go outside to a play yard; for cats, you will probably get to meet them in a private room. Keep in mind that you are BOTH nervous. The dog or cat will be very excited to have the chance to stretch their legs a little, and may ignore you completely at first. They also may leap into your lap and slobber all over your face. I've had both initial reactions from dogs who eventually became members of the family.

If, after you meet the dog or cat, you decide that you would like to add them to the family, you have to fill out an application. Name, address, phone number -- all the basics. You may also be asked for a veterinarian reference, or even personal references! The questionnaire may ask about your daily routine -- who is home when, what hours would the animal be alone, when will it eat, where will it sleep.

When my family adopted our first dog, we waited three days after putting in the application. We were on pins and needles, waiting for a call. Finally, we called the shelter to check on the status of our application. Because it had been so long since we had owned a dog (almost fifteen years!), we had no vet references. The shelter was planning to turn us down, but changed their minds when our hopeful phone call showed them how dedicated we were to giving this dog a good home. My little fur sister came home to us the next day, and has been queen of the house for the last nine years!

Most shelters do ask for an adoption fee. Most shelters will require that you get your new pet spayed or neutered (if they aren't already fixed). And most shelters are overjoyed to see another resident have a second chance at a good home.

March 23, 20061 found this helpful
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I always check and have adopted from there.

Not only do they have the pets listed at the shelters and rescue groups, they also have classified ads. The classifieds in the newspapers usually have preowned pets as well. Sometimes due to circumstances, like moving or a new baby or other reasons people have to get rid of their pet and have already gotten the beginning shots, neutering, etc.

Sometimes they are just happy to have their pet going to a good home and there is no charge. Also, rescue groups and animal shelters will work with you on pets that will have to be destroyed soon if they are not adopted.

I think the adoption fees are more for you to prove to them that you can provide for the pet and also to help support the shelter or rescue group.

In any case, please don't adopt an animal if you are not able to make the commitment to provide it food, medical care, training and companionship. Many of the shelter animals were once "cute" little puppies that when they chewed on something or when they were no longer little and cute, ate too much, were too much trouble, didn't mind, etc. were disposable to the owners.

Susan from ThriftyFun

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February 27, 2006 Flag
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When bringing a rescued pet into your home be very aware of the subtle and sometimes not so subtle hints they give you. Our rescued Golden, Maggie was very fearful of loud noises, such as, thunder, firecrackers, shotguns, pans falling out of the cabinet, etc.

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July 27, 2011 Flag

While I have adopted great dogs from the animal shelter, many are released to the pound because they have severe behavior problems and are completely untrained. This is fine if you have time to work with a dog with behavior problems...

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September 26, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about rescued dog has not warmed up to new owners. Choosing to adopt a rescue dog can have its challenges. These abused and neglected animals need lots of patience to become good household pets.

Scared dog hiding behind wall

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February 18, 2010 Flag

I see, that once again, I have a foster baby. His name is Elrod. He is is an adorable, incredibly intelligent three month old Pibble. which is short for Pit Bull mix.

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June 21, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about rescued dog is afraid of everything. Rescued pets have often lived in terrible conditions and have suffered neglect or physical cruelty.

Scared Chihuahua against a white background

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November 21, 2004 Flag
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When considering pet adoption, consider your local animal shelter or a rescue association of some kind. The animals there are truly in need of a home and the adoption rates are much more reasonable than they are to buy through a breeder or pet store.

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April 13, 2005 Flag
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This is our "Dusty Dawg". We rescued him two years ago the afternoon before he would be to be "put down". He was a sad and skinny dog. The day after we got him I took him to the vet for a normal check-up and discovered he had heart worms and the previous owner had never taken him to have any of his shots and he'd never been to a vet's before. After a week of very intensive and expensive treatment, Dusty is now a healthy, happy (and 30 pounds heavier - LOL) part of our family. During the day, his favorite spot to sleep is on my son's bed but at night, he sleeps with mommy and daddy.

The shelter that we found Dusty at is the Porter County (Indiana) animal shelter:

By Sue A.

June 26, 20050 found this helpful

u go...e rescued a doxie about 4 months ago...heartworm positve never been out of cage bowel obstruction,ear infections rotted teeth you name we haveone precious little girl!!!! We have a male too but both are fixed this really calmed him down and they are inseperable. Abby had two surguries in two weeks ....she's the babe tho ...more people need to think like us!

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June 26, 20050 found this helpful

Yes dogs get constapated too. Our doxie had a bowel obstruction. Our vet reccommend that we give her a teaspoon of canned pumpkin when she gets that way. It take a day or so but it works. Use common sense too and don't feed anything that would be contapating to you or your pet.

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July 1, 20050 found this helpful

Thank you for saving him,he has the face of an angel.

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April 19, 2009 Flag
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I am looking for a small dog to bring into our loving home. Anyone know where I could adopt one?

By JLyn09 from Allegany, NY

April 23, 20090 found this helpful

I adopted a beautiful pedigreed long haired dachshund from Dachshund Rescue of North America- . Check out their website and see the many available dogs. If you go to "Dachshunds" then "All Available" then click on "Location" the list will be sorted by state and you can scroll down and see all of the dogs available in your state. Thanks for adopting. They are great to work with!

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April 23, 20090 found this helpful, or is it .org? Anyway, the king of great pet adoption sites.

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April 25, 20090 found this helpful

Try your area's craigslist. There you can find dogs and cats for free or a small rehoming fee.

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