adopt a pet?
When you adopt a pet, you are saving a life. When you buy a pet, you not only deny a homeless pet a home, you are supporting an industry that thrives on short-changing the welfare of animals. Puppy and kitten mills (which sell to pet stores) are in business to make a profit, so they churn out puppies and kittens as fast as they can.
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How do I adopt a pet?
Welcoming a new pet into your home is an incredibly wonderful thing – but it’s also a big life step, and takes a lot of processing and planning. Rather than just run out to your local shelter or rescue on a whim and bring home the first pet you see, there are lots of things you should take into consideration first before adopting a new furry friend.
Probably the most important thing to consider before starting the process of adopting a pet is if you’re actually ready to take on a pet full time. When you bring home an animal, you are welcoming a new member into your family – a member who requires plenty of love, attention and care.
When adopting, you are making a long-term commitment to care for an animal – that could mean 10 to 15 years for dogs and up to 20 years for cats – so the possibility of future lifestyle changes such as moves, the birth of children and new jobs should all be taken into consideration. Financial costs such as food and vet care along with the time commitment are all things to consider when adopting a new pet.
Since you are still with us and still reading this, you are probably sure that you are ready to adopt an animal from Animal Protection. Visit the dogs available here and here. If you are looking for a puppy, then you can visit this page. Animal Protection also big selection of cats available. You can check this and this page. Or if you are interested in a kitten visit here. Keep in mind every animal is unique and every animal has their own needs!
Are there any adoption requirements?
Adopter must be 18 years of age or older. For the safety and health of our animals, we do not ship pets. Animal Protection’s pet adoption fees range from €75 for cats to €150 for dogs. Our adoption fees help to offset the cost of evaluation, housing, feeding and medical care for the thousands of animals needing our help.
Animal Protection do our best to keep our adoption prices reasonable while generating income to support our goal of caring for animals available for adoption until we can place them in a loving home. Each pet will have specific needs and we will work to make adoption matches that maximize the happiness of all pets and people in the household.
Vaccinations – For the safety of your new and existing pets, we recommend that all other household pets are current on vaccines two weeks before welcoming a new animal to your home. All animals which are with Animal Protection are ofcourse already vaccinated.
A fenced yard – While big, secure yards may be recommended for some dogs, there are many other dogs that would be perfectly happy in an apartment or home where exercise is obtained from walking or jogging on leash. In fact, leash-walked dogs that get 3 to 4 trips outside per day are often happier than dogs left unattended in a back yard.
Children – We have many pets that will be great family companions for kids of any age who are supervised and taught to treat pets gently. Please keep in mind that we may decide that certain pets aren’t best for small kids due to temperament. These decisions are always made with child and pet safety in mind.
Indoor vs. outdoor situation – At Animal Protection we believe strongly that pets are happiest, healthiest and safest when they are welcomed indoors as household companions. Pets allowed outdoors unsupervised are exposed to risks such as disease, theft, escape, auto accidents, wildlife and more. If you still want to keep a pet outdoors, please contact us for suggestions or options.
Declawing – We do not declaw cats at Animal Protection and do not advocate the procedure due to the physical and psychological impact it has on cats. There are several humane and simple alternatives to declawing including trimming the nails, providing a scratching post, or using products such as soft nail caps that will help eliminate the destructive capabilities of claws and keep your cat happy. If you must have a declawed cat, we encourage you to consider an adult cat that has already had the procedure prior to arriving at Animal Protection.
How to avoid picking the wrong pet?
Bringing home a new dog or cat should be a joyous occasion. After all, your new dog or catis going to be your best friend, right? But what if you get the wrong puppy/kitten? What if your dog winds up NOT being your best friend but becomes your worst nightmare?
When you’re in the market looking for your next dog or cat, remember that this is one of the reasons, not to mention a great time, to choose your new friend wisely.
Not only do you need to consider the time and energy a new animal friend will require you’ll also want to ensure that you and your new friend are a great match and have a common purpose together.
Understanding how to choose the right dog or puppy will ensure the best fit for both of you. Dogs and cats both live long lives. While some have shorter life expectancies, other breeds can live as long as 15 to 20 or more years. Since most folks intend to give their pet animal a forever home and will keep their dogs for the duration of its life, the sad fact is this does not always happen for many reasons.
According to the National Animal Interest Alliance, 7.3 million dogs are acquired every year. Of these numbers, 5.8 million are puppies and kittens purchased from breeders and pet stores, while about one million are taken home from shelters.
Heartbreakingly enough, nearly four million of these dogs are surrendered to shelters each and every year while others are simply dumped, given away (again), abandoned to the streets or euthanized. Through no fault of their own these dogs simply weren’t the right ﬁt for their human. People don’t mean for things to go wrong with their dogs or cats, however, things do go wrong all the time.
So always choose wisely and take everything into consideration. If you do that we at Animal Protection will think you have a great time with your new friend.
Vet Q&A: Are pets for adoption healthy?
Pets adopted from Animal Protection are always healthy. Most organizations, like Animal Protection, nowaday employ trained specialists to evaluate the condition of each animal upon arrival. Ill animals receive appropriate treatment for their ailments. Furthermore, most shelters, like Animal Protection, keep animals current on their vaccinations, and often spay or neuter pets before adoption.
Though all animals at Animal Protection are checked and double checked, it’s always wise to mkae an appointment with your family veterinarian. Then, you should spay or neuter your pet–there are many associated health and behavioral benefits. Next, familiarize yourself with conditions associated with your animal’s breed, even if your pet is a mix. Be sure to take your pet to the veterinarian at least once a year (more frequently if advised), and make sure they receive the proper vaccinations and health screens as recommended by your veterinarian.
Care for your animal by providing a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. Prepare financially for your pet’s care with a pet insurance plan, which is growing in popularity among many pet parents.
Anything else happening?
Since generally the adoption fee just covers the cost of housing, food and medical care, there is a short amount of “extra” money available on all of these fabolous animals. This amount, next to your generous donations, is scarce. We use the money from the adoption fee’s only for improving our current shelter in Brussels.
People have no clue on how much fence rapairs costs or the cleaning costs of a kennel after a dog or cat has been adopted. Every animal has their own needs. We, at Animal Protection, try always our best to fullfil these need and regulary more… So it’s not the cost of the current animal the adoption fee covers, but also the next animal.