Pet Rehoming and Adoption
Pet ownership has always been a passion in the UK. According to the PMFA 2015 Pet population report, 46% of households own the 58.4 million pets in this country. However, sometimes situations change. You may want to bring an animal into your life or you may find that your circumstances alter and you can no longer look after the pet that you have. Before you make this decision, paws for thought and have a look at our handy guide about pet adoption…
Rehoming a Pet
Sadly, for some people, as much as they love their pets it isn’t always possible to keep them. There are a number of factors, often beyond their control, which might contribute to them looking to rehome;
- Rented Accommodation
- Pregnancy or New Baby
- Behavioural Problems
Many people are forced into rehoming rather than running the risk of making themselves, their family or the animal unhappy.
Adopting a Pet
Before beginning the adoption process, consider if you can provide the 5 things that all animals need to lead a happy life;
- Environment: make sure that your home is a suitable living space for the pet.
- Diet: you need to be able to provide healthy and regular meals.
- Behaviour: ensure that the animal you adopt is able to behave in a manner normal to their species.
- Companionship: some pets require companionship (either in animal or human form) without this they can become lonely and unhappy.
- Health: be prepared to make sure your adopted pet is protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.
Once you are certain that all of these aspects can be met, then you can look at adopting a pet. It is recommended that you always visit a rescue centre first, as opposed to private sellers or breeders. There are an estimated 2,600 shelters, rescue centres, rehoming organisations and independent rescue groups all over the UK, so there is plenty of choice.
Rescue centres have the best interests of the pet at heart and they will always try and find a home where the owner is suited to the individual needs of the animal seeking adoption. They offer advice to new owners and are always on hand should there be any problems with settling in.
Welcoming the New Member of the Family
Once you have selected the animal that best suits you and your situation, there are a number of steps to follow to make them feel settled.
- Don’t crowd them. Allow them to explore their new surroundings at their own pace.
- For the first few weeks, it is advisable to keep them indoors. A cat, for instance, might attempt to travel long distances to return to his previous home.
- If you have any questions, or are worried your new pet isn’t settling in, then don’t be afraid to contact the rescue centre for advice and help.
- Look after your pet. Make sure that they are fully vaccinated. Consider neutering and be aware of aspects such as flea and worm treatments.
If your new pet does suffer illness or injury, then the cost of vet’s fees can soon add up. Pet insurance policies from www.pet-insurance.co.uk could help to protect you in the event that the worst should happen. With a 45% Intro discount and 10% Multi-pet discount, visit www.pet-insurance.co.uk today for your quick and easy quote!