Adoption is not just a way to access a pet, it is a solution to a problem that affects the entire society and, more specifically, animals that live on the streets or in shelters for years waiting for a home best family pets.
It should always be a conscious and responsible action, as it means welcoming pets as another member of the family. Also if your arrival coincides with Christmas times.
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And, according to a study by the Asociación Animalista Libera, one in every three pet animals given during the holidays in Spain ends up returning to shelters.
Pets are not an object or a toy and, therefore, they should not be understood as a gift, but as a commitment, a new part of our life and family, which will always need us, not only when it is a puppy .
The inclusion of an animal in the family must be a thoughtful and agreed decision with all members, avoiding impulsiveness, taking into account the long-term responsibilities that come with owning a pet and the needs that we will have to cover to ensure its well-being. throughout the life of the animal.
5 tips that will help you in the adoption process:
Choose the ideal pet for you and your family
You can start by deciding if you prefer a cat or a dog and, to do so, you must take their characters into account. Dogs are extraordinary animals with an infinite capacity to offer affection, but they are also dependent, playful and require constant care, such as daily walks, socialization, specific feeding, among others. Cats, on the other hand, are more independent pets, but they still need attention and care focused on their diet, cleaning and entertainment. Make sure that you and your pet have compatible personalities and that their needs harmonize with your routine and daily activities.
Choose a trusted animal shelter
Each one has different adoption processes and requirements and you will have to find the one that best fits you. You have to know the pet before taking it home, see its size, its character, take a walk, take your family or other animals to interact with it… This way you can avoid future coexistence problems.
Prepare your home for the arrival of the new pet
Give your pet the welcome it deserves. From now on, your house will be her home, so prepare her to make her feel happy and comfortable. Prepare their bed and, in the case of cats, also a sandbox in which they can relieve themselves. Have their food, water and toys on hand. Take a walk around the house and look carefully to detect everything potentially harmful: Cleaning products, cables and plugs, medications, small objects that they can choke on, plants and foods that are toxic to them, stairs, balconies and swimming pools… they should be all out of reach to avoid danger.
Make him feel safe and integrated in his new home
Your pet has just arrived in an unknown space where it must find the confidence that makes it feel at home. Let her explore freely and find her favorite corners, it will make her feel safe. Likewise, you should let him approach you and the rest of the family unit whenever he feels like it. Pampering and attention are important, but for your pet to enjoy them, they must feel calm first. This is especially important with animals that have been abandoned or abused, as they will not feel safe around humans. In these cases, owners must have great patience and be willing to go through an adaptation process that can be arduous.
Take him to the vet
If you have just adopted an animal, whether adult or puppy, taking it to the vet is one of the first things you should do. It is important that a specialist checks him to keep track of his vaccines, implant the recognition chip, sterilize him, deworm him and, in general, check his health. This prevents future diseases that affect the furry ones and also the pet owners.
It is advisable to wait a week for him to get used to your presence and feel comfortable during the doctor’s visit. However, if you have other animals, you should go as soon as possible or, otherwise, keep the animal separate from other pets until the check-up is done, as it could be carrying some pathology or parasite. 5 tips for ‘adopting’ a new pet.