We are focusing on adoption not buying pets as they are two different matters. Those who work in animal welfare organisations understand the highs and lows which they face daily.
Dealing with animal welfare organisations and breed speciality rescues only if they are registered non-profit organisations.
𝗔𝗡𝗜𝗠𝗔𝗟 𝗪𝗘𝗟𝗙𝗔𝗥𝗘 𝗢𝗥𝗚𝗔𝗡𝗜𝗦𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦
There are animal welfare organisations which deal with
– All animals;
– Cats only;
– Dogs only;
– Equine (including donkeys) only;
– Farm animals.
𝗕𝗥𝗘𝗘𝗗 𝗦𝗣𝗘𝗖𝗜𝗙𝗜𝗖 𝗥𝗘𝗦𝗖𝗨𝗘 𝗢𝗥𝗚𝗔𝗡𝗜𝗦𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦
If you have your heart set on a specific breed, source a Breed Specific Rescue Organisation from which to adopt as they are experts on their favourite breed inside and out as well as specific requirements.
of adopting from a bona fide animal welfare organisation or breed specific rescue
– an adoption fee which normally includes sterilisation, vaccination and microchip and often does not cover the cost of the animal’s stay;
– good, sound advice;
– knowledge of the animals’ character, likes and dislikes particularly if the dog or cat has been handed in to be re-homed.
Bear in mind that unless you are known to an employee or volunteer they don’t know you and there are excellent reasons for the process.
Welfare organisations do take different approaches but are consistent with the following
– Interview and completion of an information sheet so that they can get to know you, understand your requirements and your pet ownership history – this could take place before you look at the animals otherwise after, when you have found a pet you wish to adopt;
– If you live in a sectional title scheme they might require a copy of the current registered rules pertaining to the keeping of pets;
– Pre-home evaluation to ascertain the suitability of your property for the animal chosen;
– Legal agreement – you will sign a legally binding agreement with the organisation;
– Once all the formalities are in place, the pet which you have chosen will have a final health check, a microchip implanted and be sterilised if this hasn’t been done already. (A growing number of organisations are sterilising puppies and kittens from the age of 12 weeks.);
– Post-home inspection – some organisations will also conduct one or more ad hoc inspections to check on the animal which you adopted.
Some organisations do and some don’t. If you are not in a position to adopt for whatever reason but can provide a responsible home, contact various rescues and offer to do so.
The toughest part emotionally is letting them go when they have found their forever home.
𝗪𝗛𝗜𝗖𝗛𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗥 𝗣𝗘𝗧 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗖𝗛𝗢𝗢𝗦𝗘
to come home with you and be part of the family, remember that it is a forever commitment and their health, wellbeing and happiness are in your hands.
Be patient with the animal, as they are in a new environment and with humans who they don’t know and often need time to acclimatise and learn their boundaries.
This article is produced by SAVetshops, in the interest of informing people and sharing information. It is not considered a reference article or a definitive medical reference. Source references are listed below and any person wishing to know more should consult these references, their local vet, state health service or doctor.