While things are changing all around us, pets are more important than ever before! We love them, they make us smile, but they are also a calming factor. Pets can actually improve our mental health.
If you have a pet, you are shaking your head, yes. Pets are excited when you wake up, walk through the door or simply grab the leash, with no agenda. While we don’t have a quick fix for what is happening outside our homes, we do know that inviting a furry friend inside is a great choice.
Like everything else in our lives, there are two sides to just about every story and that includes the best way to find a new pet. There are pros and cons to all of them. Here are a few things to think about that we hope will help you decide what is best for you.
A great choice for bringing a new pet into your home. There are so many pets that are abandoned, abused or born without a future home. Bringing a rescue home is one of the biggest sacrifices you can make. Keep in mind that you don’t often know the history of a rescue, so be prepared for anything. It is a really good idea to spend some time with your rescue before you take them home to make sure that there is a good fit.
If you are not sure where to start when considering bringing a rescue home here are a few options to consider.
Find a few local pet rescue groups on Facebook. You can ask questions, do your research and begin your search. If you are drawn to a particular breed, the groups get that specific, with some breeds having more abandon animals than others, as owners don’t realize the care, personality or size of puppies they adopt and lose interest quickly.
Spend time at your local shelter and get to know the people who work there. Meet the current pet residents to see if there is a good match and if not make a few trips and let the crew know what you have in mind and they will keep an eye out for you.
Non-profit pet rescues can be found in many cities and regions around the country. Google Pet Rescue Near Me and you will find a list of places to explore that you may not be aware were right around the corner.
Keep in mind when bringing a rescue into your home that there will always be a few unknowns. Their exact size, weight, personality, the amount of shedding and ability to train. Many rescues are a blend of two or more breeds and the combinations create a pet that is a one of a kind. Often a pet of mixed breeds has a mix of the best traits of each breed and is truly remarkable all the way around.
Local pet breeders are small business owners that we hope are animal lovers and have a passion and expertise for a particular pet breed. With over 450 documented breeds and a host of combination breeds, finding a breed expert is very important. It is also very important to do your research to make sure the breeder is legitimate, trustworthy and operates a well maintained operation. They may want to interview you to ensure they are finding good homes for their dogs, but you should do the same. Read reviews, talk to past adoptive families and visit the location where the pets are bred.
Be honest about what you are looking for in a pet, your grooming ability, flexibility in providing enough exercise and your living situation. While some breeds require little to no grooming, exercise and have great constitutions, others need to run, eat a lot and have to be brushed daily. There are a few great sites that will help you find the right breed match for you including The Spruce Pets and AKC. Keep in mind that when you find the right breed options for you, you can also consider a breed rescue rather than work with a breeder. The Puppy Spot, Good Dog and your local vet are a great resources to find a breeder in your area. They do the work to bet breeders and do their best to provide the most accurate information possible. We cannot say it loud enough, do your research, there are bad apples out there, plenty of them. Do not take their word for it, ask others and make the best decision for you and your family.
Local Pet Shops
There are very few local pet shops around anymore, but there are still a few good ones. If you are lucky enough to have one near you, stop by and see if they help match people and pets, offer pets for sale or know good breeders in the area. Keep in mind that we are not talking about National Pet Chains, we are talking locally owned shops who are run by animal advocates and pet lovers. While there are some pet chains that are better than others, like any large group, it is too hard to control the quality, care and heart that goes into caring for the animals. So if you are lucky to have a local pet shop, stop in, meet the owners and see what they have to offer. We will say it once again, do you research and see if the local shop has good reviews.
So often we think about pets in terms of dogs and cats, but consider a bunny, backyard chickens, fish, reptiles or a bird to expand your family.
We wish you the very best in finding the right pet that is excited when you wake up, jumps for joy when you walk in the door and is read to spend time with you doing just about anything you like to do.
Have a great day filled with wet kissing and wagging tails – the Wild Love Tails Team