As pet lovers, it’s hard to believe that some shelter pets are considered “less adoptable.” But unfortunately, factors like age or potential health issues (which can be expensive to treat) make it harder for animals to find their forever homes.
But Dr. Kwane Stewart, a veterinarian and member of Fetch's Veterinary Advisory Board, debunks that narrative by sharing why every animal deserves a comfortable, safe and happy home.
The obvious answer is we continue to euthanize dogs and cats at an unacceptable rate. While we have made some nice gains in the last decade, it will never be OK until we can find homes for every redeemable pet. But also because you’re doing something kind, and that just feels good!
Yes. A few times: two dogs and two cats. They made wonderful pets. The little kitten we named "Sushi" changed me professionally and personally.
Yes. Pure breed dogs, especially your Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers, as well as small breeds like Chihuahuas and poodles. Naturally, people love to adopt puppies and raise them. But there are also benefits to adopting a more mature pet.
Yes, it can be. For example, some dogs or cats may have behavioral issues or not “show well” when sitting in a kennel. But you’d be amazed at the diamonds in the rough that are waiting.
Pets that seem aloof and less affectionate or animals that are too hyper and jump on people. Unfortunately, our geriatric dogs and cats don’t get the same consideration simply because of age. And, of course, pets with chronic medical conditions like skin allergies, arthritis or diabetes that may require time and money.
Knowing you have financial coverage in the event of a spontaneous event gives you so much peace of mind. New pets are unpredictable: they eat things they shouldn’t, could run into the street in a flash or develop an unforeseen medical condition. Pet insurance provides support during these stressful moments.
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They need homes and love, too. I believe every pet deserves a second chance.
Acclimating your new pet is always the priority. We want them to feel comfortable and safe. Be patient and use common sense. If you have other pets, introductions in the proper way are important.
People, just by their social nature, are great at networking. Spreading the word can be easy when you’re motivated. Share at your social functions like church or your workout group. And there’s always social media!
Donating time and money is always a great help. You can volunteer to walk an animal shelter's dogs or spend time with the cats. But ultimately, money and resources drive a lot of success.
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