Are you thinking of adopting a rescue dog or cat?
Pets are more often than not thought off as an important family member. They offer us affection, comfort, company, health benefits, and fun! With this in mind, we, therefore, should offer them the love and respect they deserve.
Our pets all have needs
We need to understand the needs of our pets. These can vary greatly, especially between different dog breeds. The law requires you to care for your pet properly, and animal welfare is taken very seriously in the UK. Lack of care for your pets and animal cruelty can lead to prosecution and even imprisonment.
The animal welfare act in 2007 covers five main areas:
- Somewhere appropriate to live.
- A suitable diet including clean, fresh water.
- The ability to express normal behavior
- For any need to be housed with, or apart from other animals.
- Protection from, and treatment of, illness and injury
Our pets have special skills
Our dogs can be trained to do many things. Dogs are used by police and our security services to detect drugs and explosives. Dogs can be used in the health sector to detect certain illnesses such as epilepsy, cancer, and diabetes.
Owning a pet may keep you healthy
Pet owners have been found to have a more stable immune system with fewer days taken off school or work through illness.
Dog owners are often motivated to take their pets for regular walks, also giving themselves the benefit of the exercise.
Cats and Dogs can provide a great deal of emotional support and companionship for their owners. Children growing up with animals in their homes may improve social skills and compassion and respect for living things.
Elderly people often rely on their pets for most of their emotional support and companionship.
Why should I pick a rescue dog or cat over a new puppy or kitten?
Apart from giving a rescue pet the chance of a good life, there can be many benefits as they are often more mature and easier to deal with. Usually, no need to train them to go to the toilet outside. It can be less lively and therefore more suitable for small children.
How do I pick the most suitable rescue pet for my family?
There are a number of things to consider when selecting a rescue pet. Most of which would be the same as if you were deciding on a new puppy. Firstly, you need to study which dog bread suits your lifestyle the best. There are many resources you can find via google to help you with this. Secondly, you will have to talk to the pet rescue center to establish any history that you should be aware of before selecting your new family member. The pet rescue center has yours and the welfare of the pets at heart and will try their best to match you up with the most suitable dog or cat.
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