When working with a Dayton or Cincinnati local reputable rescue organization or shelter, it is important to understand that animals complete histories are unknown. Rescue organizations and shelters can only know what issues have or have not occurred with the pet since entry into their program. Prior to adopting your new pet, it is important to be sure the following services are included in your adoption fee:
- The pet is already spayed/neutered or a free voucher is provided to you for this service (if the pet is too young for surgery at the time of adoption)
- The pet has been treated for the prevention of ear mites, fleas and worms
- The pet is up to date on vaccinations
In addition, it is recommended that you ask the shelter or rescue organization about the pets personality (what have they observed or witnessed while the pet has been with their organization?). Does the pet prefer to be around other pets? Do they do okay with children? Have they witnessed anything or any situations that particularly scare the pet? What type of food has the pet been eating (Note: it is important to gradually transition your new pet, to their new food). You will also want to ask the organization if the kitten/cat is already litter-box/housetrained and if there have been any notable issues.
Much of what you will learn about your adopted pet will occur in the years to come. Like people, each pet has a unique personality of their own. Pets mature and change with age and environment too. Prior to adopting your pet, it is important to realize these factors and to make a solid commitment to your pet(s) for the duration of their natural lifespan. All too often, rescue organizations and shelters across the country are contacted asking for assistance with owned pets- due to change in human relationship status’, moving, pregnancy, job loss, loss of a spouse or other reasons. Please be sure to plan accordingly for your pet, as when you adopt a pet, they are depending on you to love and care for them- just as they will do for you.
To learn more about this topic, Love Purrs: A Practical Guide to Adopting and Welcoming Home Your New Cat, written by a Dayton area author and pet welfare advocate, can provide more information on this topic and others related to pet adoption.