The adop­tion op­tion

Gatton Star - - Life -

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 (, PetRes­cue (www.petres­ and RSPCA (www.adop­­

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