In our country, this way to get a four-legged friend is only gaining popularity. And for good reason: as a result, both parties are usually satisfied - both the owner and the pet, and the relationship between them is special. Let's weigh the pros and cons.
This is a plus
You don't just get a pet, you give him the opportunity to get to know a normal life, to understand that in the world there is not only a cramped cage and short walks, and sometimes even save the life of a beast. Most shelters exist only thanks to charitable contributions and the help of volunteers. There is not enough space, medicines and people. And, no matter how hard the shelter workers try, animals sometimes die. If you have never seen how everything works there, visit any of the shelters to get an idea about them and understand how animals need owners.
All animals are first treated, and then they start looking for a home. In addition, they will tell you about his diagnoses, treatment and possible consequences, explain how to properly care for him - if you decide to adopt an injured or disabled animal. Well, if you suddenly have an allergy or another reason for parting with an animal from a shelter, you do not have to look for new owners and suffer doubts about their decency. Most shelters accept their animals back.
Shelter animals are treated for fleas and parasites and vaccinated, and if age permits, they are sterilized. The shelters have veterinarians who communicate with animals daily and evaluate their mental state, know their character to the smallest detail, so they will help you choose the dog or cat that best suits your temperament.
In a good shelter they will never give you a sick animal, it will not infect existing pets with anything.
This is a minus
Among the shelter animals there are "runners". Basically, these are freedom-loving dogs that flatly refuse to live with any owners. At every opportunity, they "make their feet", returning back to the shelter or simply running away to freedom.
Many animals have been traumatized by people and no longer trust them. This problem can be solved - you will certainly be given the opportunity to visit the selected pet, communicate with him a little, feed, walk. But you need to understand that the animal may never get used to you.
Some people don't just want to adopt a pet, they hope to help a disabled person, but often they are not ready. These pets need more attention, they need special care. However, the shelter staff will do their best to prepare you. And still, it may turn out that you overestimated your strength.
We choose, we are chosen
At least imagine who you want to take home: the size and age of the animal, gender, character. Be prepared for questions from the shelter owners - you will definitely be asked about your living conditions, composition families and the presence of small children, as well as other animals.
Shelter staff often tell stories about how people come, for example, for a small red kitten, and take away a large white dog. You can plan as much as you like to choose an animal with your mind, and in the end, feelings will decide everything.
You can't just point your finger at an animal you like and take it home. It's not a fact that he will choose you, he may even refuse to meet you.
If you didn't make friends the first time, try to visit your pet more often, without making attempts to take him away from the familiar world, and over time he may change his mind.
You should be prepared for the fact that the shelter is not an elite nursery. You will see animals there in different conditions. Remember that a lot depends on the conditions of life. At home, with loving owners, the pet will look completely different. If what you see does not repulse you, it may, on the contrary, cause pity and a desire to take home several pets, and not one, as planned.
When choosing a pet, take into account the recommendations of the shelter workers. You should not keep large dogs in apartments, and if there are pets in the house, you need to choose an accommodating one. There are exceptions to any rule: a shepherd can feel great in an apartment and be friends with kittens, but it's better not to risk it.
Remember: these animals have been through so much, they need affection and time to adapt. If you change your mind, returning to the shelter can be a real tragedy for them. Think it over well and prepare as much as you can. Sometimes it is better to return the animal back than to suffer if it turns out that you "did not agree on the characters."
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