How to Choose the Right Rescue-Pet for Your Family

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How to Choose the Right Rescue-Pet for Your Family

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Animal Rescue


Animal rescue is the lifesaving process of rescuing stray animals from shelters who are scheduled to be euthanized. In the United States, an estimated 3 million animals are euthanized each year. Often these animals are neglected, injured, abused, or are deemed as an ‘unfavorable’ breed. Pitbulls, for example, tend to be an unpopular adoption breed because they have the stigma of being violent. Luckily, there are animal rescue shelters that host animals who have been at the shelter the longest, where they  rehabilitate them and seek loving homes for them. Most of the animals in rescue shelters tend to be dogs and cats in overcrowded situations, and have illness, and disease. Rescue shelters offer a hopeful second chance for these animal rescue pets to thrive in a loving environment.

Character Match


When searching for the right animal rescue pet for your family, it is important to keep a few things in mind. For one, a rescue pet needs a lot of tender loving care, so make sure your home environment is appropriate for a sensitive or anxious animal.

One question you might ask is what you are hoping to gain for your family by adopting a pet. If you are seeking a companion to love, a rescue pet sounds appropriate. If you’re looking to have a pet to play with young children, make sure you are picking the right animal with enough stability to ensure the pet is a right fit for your family and its own well-being.

Remember, not all rescue animals are sad or unwilling to play, but most of them are not familiar with love and human touch, so it’s important to be patient. Since these creatures may have been in pain, animal rescue pets may want to hide in a safe space in your home for a few days before feeling comfortable enough to socialize.

Post-Adoption Finances


Another thought to keep in mind is post-adoption finances. Although adoption is a relatively affordable process, is your family willing to pay for pet counseling? How about vaccines or medicine? Rescue pets tend to be unwanted by many for a reason, whether because of age or a medical condition, so keep in mind that you may need to have a separate investment for ongoing animal care.

Also, be mindful that in addition to adoption fees, you may need to spay or neuter your animal rescue pet. For most adoption facilities, this is a requirement obliged by contract.

Staff’s Honest Opinions


During the rescue pet adoption procedure there is often a screening process which includes an interview. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have about the pet you are eager to adopt. Volunteers at the animal rescue shelters have a mission to get animals to loving homes, but also want the animal to be as happy as possible. Ask staff about the struggles, positive aspects, and the challenges of a pet; it will be worth the time. Since the volunteers at animal rescue know the personalities of the pets best, they are a great resource for getting the most honest suggestions before fully committing to the adoption.

Adopting an animal rescue pet is an amazing philanthropic experience. With patience and the appropriate planning and resources, rescue animals can bring so much love to a family. Although these pets may require extra  effort to rehabilitate, the rewards of having an unconditionally loving companion by one’s side is priceless.

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