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.
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
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...
They are just precious! We have a ferret from Freecycle.org 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!
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".
When adopting a pet from the humane society, ask as many questions as possible, the animal's history, where it came from, etc.
I always check http://www.petfinder.com 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
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/portercoanimalshelter.html
By Sue A.
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 it....now 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!
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.
Thank you for saving him,he has the face of an angel.
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
I adopted a beautiful pedigreed long haired dachshund from Dachshund Rescue of North America- www.drna.org . 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!
Petfinder.com, or is it .org? Anyway, the king of great pet adoption sites.
Try your area's craigslist. There you can find dogs and cats for free or a small rehoming fee.