Animal adoption is an option that more and more Australians are embracing as a responsible and compassionate way to find their perfect pet-match.
Not only does adopting save a life, it has lots of other benefits for potential pet parents as well.
Top reasons to adopt!
You know that your pet will be a purrfect match for you and your lifestyle!
A part of the adoption process is working with the rescue organisation to determine your expectations of a pet. Important discussion topics would be your lifestyle, living arrangements and whether you have other pets.
Answering personal lifestyle questions is important; it will allow you and the rescue organisation to assess whether you have the time, the space and the genuine interest in committing to looking after a pet for the rest of their life. Essentially, it is in your best interest and the animals’ to determine whether adoption is a viable option for you before meeting any new animal faces!
Moving forward, this information will assist the rescue organisation in working out which animals will be compatible with you. Reputable rescue organisations will also assess the temperament and basic training of the animals that are available for adoption. For example, certain temperaments may not suit a “multiple-pet” home, whereas other animals may fit perfectly in a home with children, animal friends and lots of action and fun!
You know that what you see is what you get!
The majority of rescue animals are adults, and therefore their personalities are developed. Additionally, adult animals are generally settled, and often more patient around young children.
Animals that have been in foster care while awaiting their forever home will often be well socialised and taught basic manners. This is a major plus as it means that you are not starting from scratch, like you would be if you chose to bring home an untrained and attention-seeking puppy or kitten!
You are supported throughout the process of choosing your new pet!
Introducing a new pet into your life is an exciting and challenging time.
There are a lot of things to consider, and having the support and understanding of fellow animal lovers makes a huge difference!
Ultimately, animal rescue organisations want a happy ending, and to work with you to ensure that you find the perfect pet-match and save a life in the process.
The aim of adoption is to give loving, deserving animals forever homes, and this is why rescue organisations have a screening process.
Although sometimes time consuming, a detailed screening process is of great value. It demonstrates the rescue organisation’s commitment to maintaining the interests of the potential adoptive parents, and the welfare of their animals.
All parties involved in the adoption process want it to work out! That’s why it is so important to be open. Ask any questions and address any concerns you may have about adopting, the animals and even the organisation itself.
Adoption is inexpensive
Animals adopted from reputable rescue organisations will have been health checked, micro-chipped, wormed, vaccinated and de-sexed (if of breeding age). To cover these expenses, if only in part, they charge an adoption fee. On the other hand, if you buy a pet from a pet shop or breeder, these health considerations will come on top of the price of the animal, and be your responsibility to organise.
From this point of view, considering the cost of animals bought from pet shops or breeders, the price of a rescue animal is inexpensive.