4 tips for adopting a pet

4 tips for adopting a pet

When you're ready to open your heart and home to a cat or dog, consider the following:

Visit an animal shelter first

Even if you're looking for a purebred. At any given time, 25 percent of the dogs in a shelter are purebred and awaiting adoption alongside their mutt counterparts.

Find a responsible breeder and visit their premises

Ask your vet or contact local breed clubs to find the most reputable in your area. Be sure to visit the facility to see where your cat or dog was born and raised.

Don't buy your dog at a pet store or online

It's most likely from a puppy mill. Dogs born in puppy mills tend to have more health and socialization problems due to poor conditions.

Talk to a breed rescue group

Even if the nearest group is cross-country. Oftentimes, they'll help arrange transportation in order to get the animal to you.


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Jen

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A note about Tip 3 - don't automatically discount all pet stores, some actually aren't 'selling' pets but host animals for adoption in the store from local shelters. Check out those cages before making a snap judgement that the store is 'selling' cats or dogs. They should be labeled with adoption info if that's the case.

Joan

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Tip 3 should read Don't buy your dog or cat at a pet store or online. Just as there are puppy mills there are kitten mills with the worst abuse occurring with the adult cats and dogs they are repeatedly breeding. Would also like to see tip 4 as tip 2, last option should be to buy from a breeder as millions of dogs and cats are euthanized every year.

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