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Adopting a Rescued Pet

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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.
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By 4 found this helpful
January 4, 2012

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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By 4 found this helpful
August 23, 2006

When adopting a pet from the humane society, ask as many questions as possible.

  • The animal's history.
  • Where it came from.
  • If it was a voluntary release ask why. (such as Jake)
  • Was it taken from its owner? why?

This little bit of information will help you understand your pet's odd behavior, if it has any. It will also allow you to retrain the animal to over come its fears and except you as its new master.

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  • Watch the animal for the first few weeks, see its quirks and take note, then if you do not know how to help the animal overcome its problems, seek help from a vet, a trainer, or the internet from a reputable site.
  • Never put your new animal in a position that you know is a fear factor until you are certain it is the right thing to do.
  • Dogs are grateful for being adopted, but their history may mean intensive training, so ask questions and pick the pet that you know you can love without fear of it harming you, or anyone around you.
  • If adopting a special needs animal, make sure you can be dedicated to it and give it the benefits of a healthy, happy life.

Jake, black Lab, was born with 3 legs and a nub. It appears his brain still tries to use the nub as a full size leg. When he runs, he gets down low and uses the nub. We are constantly checking it for any sores or damage.

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Don't be afraid of a disability in an animal, but be certain you can handle the problem properly.

Adoption is so much better than paying a breeder for an animal that may have been inbred. The purer the breed, the more health problems it will have in its life time.

Hope this helps you choose a wonderful pet!

By Tina from east TX

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By 9 found this helpful
August 5, 2011

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.
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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!

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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

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By 4 found this helpful
February 27, 2006

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. She needed a safe place (under the bed) and time to adjust after each episode. We don't know what circumstances created her fears, but we loved her through them. She is now almost 8 years old (we got her when she was 14 months) and she can now tolerate mild storms and shotgun blasts in the woods near our home. She rarely gets under the bed anymore. Patience!

By Diana from Prospect, KY

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Catherine Forman0 found this helpful
March 23, 2006

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!

puppies awaiting adoption at shelter

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July 27, 2011

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...

Picture of Mason.

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February 18, 2010

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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November 21, 20041 found this helpful

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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By 1 found this helpful
July 28, 2011

We have adopted three rescued dogs in the last 15 years. The first one taught us a lot. She had been abused and was afraid of everything. She needed lots of patience and tender, loving care.

Small dog standing on lawn.

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September 26, 20160 found this helpful

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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June 21, 20160 found this helpful

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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By 0 found this helpful
April 19, 2009

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

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April 19, 20090 found this helpful

Check your local Animal Center. Be sure to take your kids and hubby! I once adopted a dog that didn't like men! So to be safe, ake the whole family and ask ALOT of questions about the dog before you take him home! ie: housebroken, food anxiety, men, temperment etc. They always act a little different in the shelter as they are scared. I always picked animals that walked up to my kids right away and loved on them! You can tell!

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April 19, 20090 found this helpful

Never buy from a pet store (they usually buy from puppy mills) buy frrom a breeder or go to a shelter or the humane society. ALSO, Use care when adopting an animal & be sure to choose one that fits your energy level. That means if you like to run, bike & throw Frisbees than you may want a "high energy" dog, whereas if you are a homebody like I am & don't get out much then be sure to pick a dog with an easygoing & very mellow disposition. Don't pick a dog by how cute they are. Look for they way they act & never choose a pet just because you feel sorry for them because you may end up with more problems than you can handle! Also, look for a shelter where you can take the dog on a walk first before you decide, that way you'll have an idea if it's meant for you & your family. If not, you may end up with problems!

Do your research on different dog breeds, some dogs are know for being stubborn & some like to chase or herd things, hounds make strange noises when they get excited & some dogs (like the cavalier king Charles spaniel are bred to be very mellow). If you know the breed you want, you can sometimes find a no-kill shelter devoted especially to that type of dog, be it dachshunds or pit bulls. Lots of tiny dogs have behavior problems, but it's only because they are spoiled (like children) by the owners. Be sure to give your new dog both love & discipline! The dog won't be happy unless you fulfill their needs. Be sure to take it on walks daily. The backyard isn't enough. If you don't want to walk a dog regularly, then you shouldn't get one. Dogs get bored if they sit around (just like people do!) & start tearing the place apart, etc. Anyway, these are some important things to think about!

Also, Most vet's have bulletin boards & there's lots of people these days that have to move into places where their pets can't come. These owners can tell you lots about their dogs & it's temperament, so think about calling around to vets & asking the receptionist to read you any pets for adoption on their bulletin boards. If you get a pet from someone like this you'll also know if they are good with kids or not & the owner can tell you all about them!

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April 20, 20090 found this helpful

We have a non-profit group in Erie county, PA ( not that far from where you live) that rescues small animals and finds homes for them. Their website is www.becauseyoucare.org They have pictures of the animals available for adoption on their website. Good Luck!

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April 20, 20090 found this helpful

You can see a listing of animals to be adopted on petfinder.com. You put in your zip code and it tells what animals are available for adoption. It is great!

Robyn

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April 20, 20090 found this helpful

petfinder.com

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April 23, 20090 found this helpful

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!

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April 23, 20090 found this helpful

Petfinder.com, 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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April 29, 20090 found this helpful

Freecycle.org has lots of animals on it for free. Local rescue groups are great and humane societies or animals control shelters. I don't usually like to buy from a pet store since it propagates puppy mills and all the cruelty involved with those awful places.

Also rescues are so wonderful for the most part they are smarter and better adjusted since they have been through so much. They are always grateful. I just pulled a cat out of a local shelter to let it have it's kittens in peace, so I can rehome them. It looked like a rag mop. We have a cat room so we let it stay in there and play with us in t here, it is like a sun room with lots of toys and stuff cats like. It turned out to be a Maine coone cat.

What a darling. Have fun adopting, there is nothing like adopting a dog or cat from a shelter or fostering one for that matter. Robyn

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April 13, 20050 found this helpful

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.

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