How to adopt a pet

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If you would like a dog, consider which breed of dog would suit your lifestyle. There are large dogs, small dogs, high-energy dogs and low-energy dogs. How much space do you have for the dog to run around? How much time do you have to play with it? Do you want a dog that will do well with children or a dog that will fit into your purse? Think about why you want to adopt a dog, then choose your breed accordingly.

  • Dogs like shepherds, huskies and border terriers are high energy dogs that often develop bad habits if they don’t get a daily session of running and playing. These bad habits are caused by their unsatisfied need for high energy games or just running.
  • If you have a busy day schedule, you are better off with a calm type like a retriever or a hound or a small terrier. There are even lower activity dogs like dachshunds.
  • If you want to be able to manage your dog in the house then you should stay away from the types that tend to take over like the toy breeds, heavy bulldog types, great Danes, and Saint Bernards.
  • If you want a dog that can do tricks and play for hours you wanna stay away from hounds and heavy breeds and go with smarter breeds like border collie Jack Russel terrier, pointers, poodles
  • If you want a dog that will be everyone’s friend, look into spaniels, larger terriers, and retrievers. These dogs are known for being easy-going and good with people.

Find a dog that will fit your lifestyle. Questions to think about while looking for a dog:

  • Do I have enough room for a big dog? (if they are a puppy, they aren’t going to be puppies forever so make sure they have enough room to run around and burn enough energy).
  • Am I active enough to keep my dog in shape? (Larger dogs and certain breeds need to have exercise. If they don’t have a backyard to run around in, you need to go running with them or take them on hikes or go to a local dog park to get that energy out).
  • Are you looking for a lap dog? (If you are looking for a cuddle buddy, maybe think about a smaller or even older dog to adopt).

Consider whether you want a puppy/kitten or an older dog or cat. Do you want a well-trained dog, or do you want to train the dog?


Adopting from a Shelter

Visit a shelter. Take a few hours to visit an animal rescue center and see if any dogs or cats capture your heart. Have a wander around a rescue shelter or dog rescue stall.

Interact with each dog or cat. This means holding and playing with the dog or cat. Ask to play with the animal and observe it. Make sure to spend a little time looking at all of the dogs and cats and asking about them. Breeds can differ from dog to dog regardless of their breed’s standards.

Choose an animal that you click with. See if you like the animal’s personality.

With Township Animal Rescue, The adoption fee is R550 for dogs (pensioner discounts available) and R400 for cats. This includes all vaccinations, deworming, spaying and neutering. Homechecks apply. Contact us if you would like more information.

To see the animals available for adoption, click here.

Caring for a New Pet

Buy supplies. Once you decide which dog you’re going to adopt, it’s time to get supplies. If the dog is not potty trained, housebreaking pads are essential, as well as leashes, poop-bags, food bowls, beds, cages, litterboxes and collars – depending if you want to adopt a dog or cat. It’s important to save this step until after you’ve chosen your new pet, so that you get the right types and sizes of equipment. Make sure, however, that you have all the necessary supplies before you bring your dog or cat home.

Make sure there is space for the dog or cat to play. If your dog is going to spend time outside, make sure that your yard is ready.

Make your new pet feel at home. Remember to be very patient with your rescue animal. Most rescue dogs and cats bond even closer with their adoptive humans than usual, but remember all have been traumatized in some way.

  • A dog or cat doesn’t understand what has happened to land him in a new home. He may well be confused and frightened by all the new people, sounds, and surroundings. Imagine how an adopted child would act in another strange environment. This is very similar.
  • It may take weeks before a rescue dog or cat gets over his jitters or fear of another rejection. It may have some temporary problems, such as house-training problems. These problems usually go away with patience and a little time.
  • If there are any issues with the dog or cat contact the rescue for advice and training help. Most rescues have volunteers available that are trained in positive training techniques and will gladly share knowledge.

Find a good veterinarian for your new dog or cat. Read reviews of local pet hospitals, and ask friends for recommendations. Try to find a vet to whom you will be able to take your dog for years to come. Consider finding a groomer as well.

Commit to taking care of your new pet. Take time out of your day to feed it, let it out to pee and poo, walk it and bathe it.

..and lastly, enjoy your new pet and best friend!!!


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