You’re considering to adopt a pet. You may have the type of pet you want, presumably a cat or a dog, and maybe you’ve compared the breed. Perhaps you even have a great idea of what companion you’re looking for. On the other hand, it’s possible that you’re just looking for any kind of fur companion to fit into your family. As you look for where to adopt your pet, you’ve most likely seen the numerous options for pet adoptions. So is there a difference between adopting a pet from your local Humane Society or from a reputable animal rescue? There are pros and cons to all sides of the pet adoption fence. Let’s explore.
In large cities such as Los Angeles, it’s not uncommon for animal shelters to have an “open-door” policy meaning they don’t turn animals away. Unfortunately, this means crowded cages with concrete floors and a mere fence as a home. With an open-door policy, sometimes animal shelters are forced to euthanize older “tenants” animals who haven’t been adopted. The animals don’t get much time outside, nor do they get the companionship many pets desire, just as humans do. The major pro of adopting from an animal shelter means making more room, allowing the shelter to get other animals off the streets without needing to euthanize any shelter animals.
Largely considered a con of adopting animals from an animal shelter would be that due to an “open-door” policy, there is no formal screen process. Without a screening process, it’s hard to tell the history of a pet, it’s capabilities in your home and your family compatibility with this animal. Expect to do much training with the animal such as house training, the introduction of children and other pets, and also getting your new pet on a proper diet. You will also want to take your new companion to it’s new vet where checkups will be necessary, and you’ll likely get a better idea of your pet’s overall health and learn more about them.
The SPCA and Humane Societies are different than animal shelters and other humane societies. Although this sounds confusing, consider them both to be a brand name. They both function as non-profit organizations. They also most likely will have “limited admission” to where they are not required to euthanize animals in order to make room for more. Unfortunately, this means...
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