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    Adoption Experience Opinions

    Hello! I am new in the forum and I could really use your opinions.

    I have finally decided that I am ready (both mentally and practically) to adopt a puppy. However, I am facing a dilemma. My nearby shelter has had a huge issue with housing the rescued dogs and cats so most of them are currently housed and cared by volunteers at their own homes and some of the larger ones are in an area far from the city. Since the situation is as such, the advertise the pets in "Pets for Adoption" sites and pages, with information about their personality and pictures. My problem is that I don't know if I want to adopt a pet that I haven't met and spent time with. To me, online posts and the like feel like choosing from a catalogue. I don't feel very comfortable with that, morally speaking.

    Does anyone else feel that way? What were your experiences when going through the process of adopting a pet for the first time?

    Thanks in advance to everyone who answers! :)

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    Re: Adoption Experience Opinions

    Hi. I would not adopt a pet that I haven't met. It's like with humans to me, you don't click with everyone. Maybe you can ask for a test period if you see someone online that you like? If there are no better options. If there are any puppies available at all in your city I would go and look at them first though. Personally I would also wait for the ''right'' puppy to come along instead of taking the most convenient one of the ones available to you at the moment. I.e I would not be in a hurry since it's such a permanent decision, especially if none of the ones available doesn't feel right for you. Just my thoughts.

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    Re: Adoption Experience Opinions

    My experience when i adopted cat at my home. I followed following simple rules.
    • Vet appointment – You need to first take your cat to vet for complete check-up and to see if he/she is suffered with any disease. Make sure to give all the necessary vaccinations.
    • Clean, quiet room – You should allot a clean and quiet room for your feline friend for first few days. If you’ve other pets, avoid meeting them face to face. It will help them feel safer.
    • Toys – Get some toys, specifically made for cats, which will help them, make their time more enjoyable and they will come to know the comfort they have staying at your home. You can buy a little mouse toy or a stick with a string. From the mental and physical well-being, this playtime will do a great job.
    • Facilities – Being a new member, you should take proper care of your cat by offering healthy food, fresh water and a litter box. Get a blanket where your cat can rest.
    • Given enough time to your cat to be used to your home – Offer plenty of time to your cat where she can sense the safety of herself and become used to your home. Always treat her with love. Do not ever force her to do anything that you love. Let her explore things on her own way. As a cat owner I fully understand that how it’s tempting to pick up the cat and cuddle with her. But don’t ever do this with your new cat. She will eventually run away. Instead, let her come to you. It will take time to create a bond between you two, but it will definitely.
    • Spend quality time – Spend quality time with your cat where she will get used to you. Communicate more to her. This will help build a trust and eventually a strong relationship.

  4. #4

    Re: Adoption Experience Opinions

    Good points, Getmypet!

  5. #5

    Re: Adoption Experience Opinions

    Thank you for reply.



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