Thinking of adding a four-legged member to the family? Here’s why you should consider adopting.

Research shows that having a pet is linked to better health and a longer life, and adopting a pet is one of the kindest ways to add to your family.

“It’s a heart-warming decision that you’re unlikely to regret,” says Adriana Gonzalez, veterinary nurse and founder of .

Adriana’s rescue service currently has 30 cats and kittens in their care.

“The animals have come to us from the euthanasia list of the local animal pound or have been privately surrendered to us,” she says.

While the pets wait for a new home, they’re looked after by a foster family.

“The foster family gets to know the animals and is able to give us an insight into their background, personality, likes and dislikes. This helps us ensure that we match you with a pet that’s right for your family.”

We put forward a few frequently asked questions to Adriana.

WHY SHOULD I ADOPT WHEN I CAN BUY A PET FROM A STORE?

Not only will you be helping re-home these animals, you will also be adopting a pet that’s used to living in a loving home environment with a foster vaccinated at time of adoption. This not only saves you money on veterinary care, but it also promotes responsible pet ownership. Plus, when you adopt a pet from a place like Forever Home Pet Rescue Inc, you become part of our pet family. You’ll receive ongoing support, education and boarding for the life of the pet.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE ADOPTING A PET?

You should always consider if you can meet the pet’s emotional and physical needs for the duration of their life. Ask yourself: does your schedule allow you to meet the physical requirements of your pet? Are you able to meet the veterinary needs of your pet? This can be costly and time consuming particularly when adopting family instead of a cage. Sadly, only a handful of pet shops get their animals from ethical sources. Most pet shops get the animals from ‘puppy farms’ and ‘kitten farms’, where they live in confined cages with minimal human contact, dirty water and barely any nutritious food or veterinary care.

Rescue pets are also microchipped, desexed and an older pet. You need to be realistic about what you can manage financially.

Considering the temperament of the animal is also important. For example: adopting a pet that is anxious or fearful isn’t ideal
if you have small children; adopting a pet that has high care needs isn’t optimal for a first-time pet owner.

HOW CAN I FIND THE RIGHT PET FOR OUR FAMILY?

This is another reason why adopting a pet from a reputable rescue service is much more beneficial. Rescue services try to match you with a pet whose personality and needs match your family.

WHERE CAN I FIND A PET TO ADOPT?

“Social media is a great tool to find a new family member,” Adriana says. “Many rescue services have their own pages or profiles, where they advertise animals in their care.”

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