Are you thinking of giving a pet this Holiday? Remember pets are a responsibility so be sure whomever is committing to this pet can for their entire life! It’s just as easy to adopt a purebred as it is to buy one! Tips on How to Adopt a Purebred Dog Or Cat!
1. A lot of people think they need to go to a breeder and spend lots of money if they want a certain breed, but that’s not at all true! There are many wonderful rescue groups that cater to specific breeds, where you can adopt the purebred your heart is set on. Breed-specific rescue groups have the advantage of extensive knowledge and experience with their particular breed. They are a great source of information, especially if you’re still searching, about their breed and of course about dogs in general.
2. You can start your search in the phone book or online – just look for “rescue” + “name of breed.” You can also call the Humane Society – they’re always willing to help! Whatever breed you’re looking for, someone, somewhere has likely formed a rescue society. If you don’t immediately find what you’re looking for, a rescue or a specific breed, they can almost always point you in the right direction. Even if they don’t have that particular breed, chances are they know who does. Start asking around!
3. When you do find a breed rescue group, get as much info as you can. How do they care for animals? How do they decide who to put up for adoption? How do they decide who can adopt? What is the process for the actual adoption? What services are available post-adoption?
4. Once you actually go meet an animal, find out as much as you can about its history. Where was it rescued from? Has it ever been mistreated? Are there behavioral or medical problems to consider? Has it been spayed or neutered? How is it with other animals? Kids and crowds? Talk to the people at the shelter about the breed and the specific dog, and make absolutely sure that this is the dog for you.
5. Be prepared with the necessary food and accessories, and medical history for your first vet visit. If you have small children, prepare them for interacting with the animal. Be ready to establish rules and schedules for your new family member as you all adjust. Take time to play and bond, and most of all have fun!
6. Call Wendy Diamond, the world’s fairy dog mother, to find you the best pet to fit your lifestyle!