What if all pets had homes? What if no pet adoption problems existed?
I’ve worked with many sides of pet adoption: pets needing homes or they would end up at the shelter, shelter pets with no time remaining, and pets adopted that needed help adjusting. It’s a web of difficulties. But there are some excellent solutions.
Before anyone starts the “no pets” or “no breeding” discussions, let me also say that I believe in responsible pet ownership and even responsible breeding. I believe that if you allow a litter to be born, you should assume responsibility for that litter. Find excellent homes for each, or keep them. Keep no more than those for which you can safely care. If a well placed pup needs a new home, help assure that he receives it, either with you or by helping find another great home.
Why are pets in need of adoption? Some have lost their personal buddy, perhaps an elderly person has passed on and their is no one to care for the remaining pet. Sometimes the family has lost their income and then their home.
Many pets are in need because their family had no idea how to care for them, how to train them, or were not at all ready for a pet. We see this at Easter and Christmas time; cute little pets are purchased as gifts, only to be unwanted and discarded within days or weeks.
What can we do to ensure every pet has a home? The simple solution is for each of us to help. I’m not suggesting you go to the shelter and adopt every dog that day. Nor do you have to give money each week. Some reasonable solutions are found here (link to next article)
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