Pet ownership is a commitment. From the moment you decide to adopt a rescue pet, it is your responsibility to take care of it and give it the best life possible. You’ll be in charge of feeding it and taking it to the vet for regular checkups, as well as giving it lots of love and attention. For most people, adopting a pet is like adding a new member to the family.
However, not all pets are a good fit for the family they were adopted into, and sometimes life gets in the way of caring for a pet. In these instances, putting your pet up for adoption at a local humane society or listing them on a pet adoption site may be the best course of action. This is never ideal, and giving up your furry friend is likely to cause you some heartbreak. However, there are ways to avoid running into these issues in the first place, which we will discuss in the sections below.
Reasons Pets Are Put Up For Adoption
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), “Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year,” with a majority being strays. However, many of these animals were given up by their owners due to one of the following reasons:
Pet-friendly rentals are becoming increasingly harder to find, especially in crowded states with expensive housing. All too often, people decide to adopt a pet from their local dog rescue or kitten shelter, only to find that they cannot bring their furry friend with them when they move a year or two later. Predictably, this results in the animal being dropped off at a local pet shelter or listed on an online pet adoption website. To avoid this predicament, only adopt an animal if you own a home or if you know that you will be able to bring your pet with you when it comes time to relocate.
Another common problem that lands pets back at the humane society is their behavior. It’s nearly impossible to determine how an animal will act in your home, especially when you’ve only had the chance to visit them once or twice at your local animal rescue when they are locked up in a cage. It is not uncommon for people to adopt an animal they hardly know, then put their pet up for adoption a short time later due to barking, chewing, clawing on furniture, etc. The best way to avoid these problems is to make sure the animal is a good fit for your family and has good behavior before you sign the adoption papers. And, if your furry friend ends up having some behavioral problems (as many puppies and kittens do), work on training them before giving up and surrendering the animal to your local cat and dog shelter.
In addition to behavioral issues being a problem, pets not getting along is another reason why so many animals are surrendered to humane societies and listed on pet adoption sites every year. Just like you won’t know how your pet behaves until you bring it home, you also won’t know whether or not your new animal will get along with your other dogs or cats. That’s why it’s important to ask someone at the animal rescue group whether or not the animal gets along with other pets before making anything official. If you have another dog at home, you may even want to bring it with you to the local dog pound so you can see how it will interact with the other animal you are interested in.
Allergies are another problem that often leads to “rehoming” pets. If you have allergies of any kind, or your roommate, child, or significant other does, you should be aware of this before you go looking at shelter kittens or rescue dogs for sale. The last thing you want is to fall in love with an animal at a pet rescue shelter, only to bring it home and have a difficult conversation with the other people that live in your home or apartment. No pet deserves to be shut in a room because you or someone you live with has allergies, so do the right thing and refrain from adopting a pet if there is any chance their dander could be a problem.
Unfortunately, owning a pet isn’t cheap — that is, if you’re taking good care of it. Healthy pet food costs upward of $50 or more per bag, and you’ll inevitably spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars at the vet over the course of your pet’s lifetime. Not only that, but you’ll probably have to put down pet deposits and pay pet rent if you don’t own a home, which adds up over time. Add in other costs, like dog toys, cat litter, leashes, pet beds, and other necessities, and you’ve got yourself a nice chunk of change being spent on your furry friend every month. If you aren’t prepared to pay for the costs associated with pet ownership, it’s time to rethink getting an animal until you’re more financially stable.
Put A Pet Up For Adoption With My Red Chicken
We know the last thing you want to do is give up your furry friend, but sometimes, that’s your only option. After all, you want the best for your pet, even if it means finding them a new home with someone else. Let My Red Chicken help you through this difficult process by listing your animal for adoption on our online pet adoption platform.
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