9 Things To Know Before Taking An
Animal From a Shelter
According to research, animals not only experience a strong sense of affection and love for their owners but also significantly improve the owner’s life, his health, and his mood. The effect that pets have on us is one of the important reasons to make a furry friend. However, instead of spending a lot of money on his purchase, many decide to do a good deed and take the animal from the shelter.
Bright Side found out from Olga Rodina, the owner of two dogs from the shelter, Vasilisa and Alaska, and a member of the fund’s team Gift of Fate, what important questions should be asked to yourself before you shelter a homeless pet.
10. 1. Do I have the means to properly maintain my furry friend?
Before taking an animal from the shelter, you need to correctly calculate your financial resources. I’ll tell you about my 2 dogs weighing 30 kg:
- $ 7 thousand – for feed (premium class) once a month;
- $ 4 thousand – for preventive drugs against parasites (from helminths and ticks) every 3 months;
- $ 3 thousand – for basic vaccinations once a year.
This is the minimum set: prices for food and drugs can be lower, it all depends on the manufacturer and the size of the dog. Separately, it is worth noting that the price list for services in veterinary clinics is rather big: so, in case of a serious illness, the check can easily pass for ₽ 30-50 thousand.
Do not forget about working with a dog handler. An individual lesson costs about ₽ 2 thousand, group – ₽ 1,5 thousand. Ammunition, bedding, treats, and toys are a separate item of expenses, prices are different, it all depends on the manufacturer.
Therefore, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- In case of an animal’s illness, will I have funds for its treatment?
- If my financial situation changes for the worse, can I limit myself to something for the sake of a pet?
9. 2. Am I ready to accept the animal as it is?
A cat or dog is not only joy but sometimes experiences, resentment, and anger. Olga says that at first, it was hard for her to cope with Vasilisa: she was afraid to leave the entrance further than 300 m and did not trust the hostess. “Therefore, I walked with gloves for the gym so as not to get angry when the leash digs into my hands and did not raise my voice at the dog, because she still won’t understand the phrases said. My calm was worth it: now you can not only walk normally with Vasilisa but also use land transport and the metro. ”
In training a dog, it is important to concentrate on successes and achievements, and in case of failure, do not blame the animal for everything. It is necessary to maintain self-confidence and calm in any situation, no matter how insulting, and sometimes even embarrassing.
The architect Sergei Kozlov, the owner of the cat from the shelter, advises the first time not to touch the pet again: “At first the cat had no appetite, but after a day she began to eat. At first, she was hiding and was afraid of everyone. But if the cat is allowed to settle in, she will soon begin to show interest in others. ”
8. 3. Do I need a calm lounger or an active daredevil?
You need to choose a pet not only for a beautiful appearance or a sad history but primarily for its character and temperament in order to calculate its strength. It should be remembered that, for example, an active dog will not change your lifestyle! She would rather drive you crazy.
7. 4. How much time can I devote to the animal?
A calm cat or a phlegmatic dog may not require your special attention, enough 20 minutes in the morning and evening, and periodic communication at home. However, at first, even for everyday things (feeding, activities, games) you will need a lot of time and effort.
In the case of an active animal, you need long walks every day, training, and many games at home. Therefore, be prepared to spend large time resources.
6. 5. Do I want to get a puppy or kitten, or is an adult animal with a more developed character more suitable for me?
Pet age is a separate issue. Of course, kittens and puppies will quickly get used to the new owner and atmosphere. But do not be afraid of adult animals. For example, dogs at any age can be trained. An adult dog has a character, so it will be easier for you to understand whether it is suitable for you or not. In addition, she does not need to be trained to endure a walk.
5. 6. Where is the best place to get a dog?
There are shelters municipal and private, there are also volunteers who keep dogs and cats thanks to donations. Often dogs and cats live in aviaries and domestic overexposure.
Overexposure is important for animals: it helps in socialization and accustoming to home etiquette. Such dogs may already be trained, and those taken from the shelter usually require training. Therefore, you need to decide which animal you will be easier to cope with.
4. 7. With whom to consult before choosing a pet?
The curator is a guardian, he is looking for a family for dogs in shelters, makes ads on social networks, carries animals to exhibitions. Without a curator, it is much more difficult for a pet to find a family. Curators who take animals from the streets are called volunteers. They collect donations online, get vaccinated, and neutered.
The curator plays a big role, especially if you have never had dogs. This is a person who not only honestly tells about the character of the ward but also answers your questions, advises the feed and the veterinarian.
If you want to take a dog, be sure to use the services of a dog handler, and do not spare money for this. A specialist will help you choose a dog based on your preferences and lifestyle, plus see future difficulties that you will encounter. Thus, you will make the most balanced decision.
3. 8. What do you need to know about the process of building a pet?
Dogs and cats are attached according to the agreement on responsible maintenance, with a trial period of one month. Adults are attached only neutered. The curator or organization has the right to unobtrusively monitor the fate of their ward. Naturally, in the new house the animal may not behave as usual: afraid of you, noise, and even the elevator.
The adaptation period for all goes differently. So take a couple of weekends or vacations to help your new friend adapt and make sure he doesn’t spoil your personal belongings due to stress. Often, the curator may not know all the intricacies of the pet’s behavior in the house, especially if the dog has previously lived in a shelter.
2. 9. What to do if you are not ready for the dog, but want to help?
- It is possible to provide a temporary home before the annex because an animal with a home overexposure is more likely to find a family.
- You can come to the shelter and help with your hands (walk the dogs, help repair something, or just chat). Sometimes you need help with a car – take the animal to the clinic.
- If you do not want to transfer money, you can collect the necessary financial assistance (each organization has lists – usually these are medicines, food, toys with bowls).
- And of course, the translation funds by the details (any amount) in support of the organization or the help team.
Are you going to take a furry friend from the shelter or are you raising a pet? What difficulties did you encounter and what would you recommend to beginners?