Buying Pets from an Animal Refuge
Buying and adopting a pet cat or dog from a refuge or shelter is a great way to make sure abandoned animals find a good home. We cover everything you need to know about taking this exciting step and making a commitment you’ll value forever.
Why are animals at shelters?
Most cats and dogs are given up and placed in a refuge or shelter by many people who unfortunately buy pets and refuse to continue to take the time and effort in caring for them. Other animals are sadly found abandoned along the side of the road. It’s important to remember they haven’t been given up because they make “bad pets” or have problems.
What are the benefits of buying a pet from a shelter?
- Less vet fees – All animal refuge pets have had health checks, updated vaccinations, have been desexed, temperament tested and treated for fleas. So all you need to consider about medically for the meantime is choosing a suitable pet insurance policy for the best care for your pet. Your future vet bills for things like hospitalisation and specialist care may be included as rebates in your pet cover.
- Relatively house trained - Most dogs were already pets to other families so they come equipped with some basic manners. An older cat won’t mind being alone and will be able to care for itself more. Many other adult pets are available at the shelter and have milder personalities than restless puppies or kittens so they’re less likely to be of a nuisance and will be more patient with owners and children.
- Improve the quality of your life – The human animal interaction and strong bond it can form can lead to positive psychological and physiological factors. Cats and dogs act as a companion or helper. They can also help children with basic qualities of compassion, caring, selflessness and friendship. Dog walking can also encourage owners to exercise more, improving their health and fitness, while also reducing obesity and stress levels.
Should I buy and adopt a pet?
Buying and adopting a pet cat or dog is just like buying one at a regular pet store. Owning a pet is a big responsibility and you need to be very committed in taking good care of it.
Some factors to consider before you decide to buy a pet include your work routine, how much time you’re at home and when you’re out, members of your family or household, and if you’re prepared to pay pet expenses into the foreseeable future and beyond. You should only decide to buy if you’re certain you can include a pet into your home and lifestyle.
Which animal refuge or shelter should I go to buy my pet?
You’ll want to go to a good animal refuge that will consider you and your requirements, as well as the pets. Look for a good place that will take the time to discuss your questions and concerns, and also offer an adoption contract that includes the option of returning the pet to them in case the adoption does not work out.
The shelter should also have an in-depth screening process so they can assess if you are a suitable pet owner and match you with the right pet. This allows you to also screen them and ask questions.
All shelters should promote good animal welfare. Only buy from a pet from a shelter that has desexed animals. You must never buy from one that is willing to sell you a breeding age pet that has not been desexed.
Choosing the right cat or dog
The animal shelter will discuss the most suitable pet for you and your lifestyle in your screening process and when you ask questions. You can ask about any breeds you’re interested in. You will then get to meet each recommended animal under the guidance of an expert staff member where you can take the time to choose a pet.
It’s a good idea to bring your family and any pets you already have with you to the shelter so you can see how everyone interacts with a potential new pet.
After you’ve chosen your pet; the staff will help you through the adoption process, give you any pet care advice, and let you take your new pet home. They should also let you know that you can feel free to contact them again if you have any questions after buying the pet.