Saving A Life: Adopting A Shelter Dog
Families searching for a new pet or a new member of the family while providing a second chance should seek to adopt a pet from a shelter. Many animals are often mistreated, abused, and neglected each year causing homelessness. Often shelters will provide the food, training and security needed to recuperate from the terrible life they experienced before being offered the chance to join another family through adoption. Any family seeking to add a new family member to their home should consider the care given by the shelter, the past owner’s level of abuse, and the proper procedure for establishing a new level of trust with the dog.
Noble pet owners adopting a dog from a shelter are often astounded at the treatment bestowed on the dog prior to being rescued by the shelter. Often, the shelter members are volunteer animal lovers who provide compassion and patience to many of the neglected animals. It is important to speak to the staff regarding the care of the breed they choose. Often when the pet is used to a routine or schedule, it is important to implement that same feeding schedule within the new home until the pet becomes comfortable.
The previous pet owner may be included in the category of people unfit to own a pet. Pet owners with aggressive attitudes or evil intentions for their family pet will create an environment of abuse or neglect. Abused pets suffer emotional and physically at the hands of a human unable to accept their pet as a family member. The new pet owner is urged to find out the extent of damage caused to the pet and seek advise through resources such as the shelter staff, veterinarian, or books to ease the pet’s trust. Often the dog will show a level of apprehension when going with the new pet owner because of the trust established with the staff of the shelter. It’s suggested to take the dog back and forth to the shelter if needed or inquire about play groups to enable the pet to feel comfortable.
A skill that has to be exhausted by the new pet owner should always be a level of patience. The pet has been through traumatic experiences and can often feel a sense of instability. The new pet owner should seek different methods to gain the trust and allow the pet to become acquainted with it’s new family. A great way to do so is to keep the routine provided in the shelter and implement small signs of affection. Introducing an abused animal to a new home is a major change. Pet owners able to adopt an abused animal and succeed in including this pet in their family often find unquestioned loyalty once the pet realizes they are loved.