The adoption option
GIVING a pet a second chance for a happy home is a rewarding experience and according to statistics, adopting a pet is fast becoming the preferred choice for many people.
Twice as many people are now choosing to adopt or rescue pets than a decade ago and organisations are responding by creating online facilities where people can browse for pets.
“The great thing about a reliable rescue organisation is the pets will have been health and temperament assessed and usually have basic manners and toilet training,” SusieWillis from the Petcare Information and Advisory Service said.
“With summer here, the next few months can be a good time to introduce a new pet into your household.”
Owning a pet is one of the greatest joys of life but it is also a huge responsibility.
Your pet relies on you for everything: food, shelter, healthcare, exercise and companionship so making the choice to become a pet owner requires serious thought.
Some of the considerations you may want to take into account include the type of home you have and the area you live in, the amount of company you can provide and the extent of exercise your pet will need.
The age of people in your home is also important as some dogs, in particular, are not well suited to young children or elderly and frail people.
There are a wide range of rescue organisations and pet shelters where healthy well socialised pets can be obtained.
Proceeds re-invested to help other animals so unless you are buying a fashion accessory or purchasing a pet for breeding purposes these shelters have a great range of animals which will love you for adopting them.
Here are some rescue organisations with an online search: AnimalWelfare League (www.awla.com.au), PetRescue (www.petrescue.com.au) and RSPCA (www.adoptapet.com.au).