Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Second Chance

Did you know?
  • Approximately 4 million pets are humanely euthanized each year.
  • 25% of pets in shelters are purebreds.
  • Mixed breeds are healthier.  No inbreeding means less inherited genetic disease and breed related defects.
  • Pets are a lifelong commitment.  Be sure you are ready to be responsible for another life for the next 10-20 years.
  • If you have your heart set on a specific breed, the local breed rescue organization could be a great resource for finding your new family member.  Give your favorite breed a second chance!
  • Have everything you need for your new pet purchased before you bring him/her home.  This includes food, beds, bowls, toys, litter boxes, etc..
  • Have a quiet, contained space ready that your new pet can spend his/her first few days getting acquainted with their new surroundings.  Once they are comfortable, you can gradually let them explore other areas of your home.
  • Never assume that your new pet will immediately get along with pets already in your home.  Introduce the new pet to your existing pets slowly and carefully.  Be ready to intercede if a conflict occurs. Remember to continue to give your existing pets lots of love and attention so they don’t feel like they have to fight for your affection.