6 Important reasons to choose a Rescue Dog or Cat

Family Pets

The team at PetStock Ballina have six very important reasons to consider a rescue pet if you are ready for a new addition to the family.


1) With an older pet, you’re not starting from scratch
When you buy a puppy, you’re bringing an infant into your home – a completely untrained, unsocialised little critter who thinks the crate you bought for him is a jail (and who cries to get out at 3am), the newspaper you put down for him to squat on is a wonderful toy to be shredded, your new shoes are much tastier than rawhide and your best carpet is an excellent substitute for grass when nature calls! Most rescue dogs have been house dogs in the past, come with some basic manners and may even have been living with a foster family who’s taught them the ropes. An older cat most likely will be content being alone – a perfect match for someone who has an active lifestyle.


2) The bond is strong
Contrary to the belief that an adult dog cannot bond with a new family, a dog that has been abandoned once is usually eager to become part of a loving pack, where they feel safe and secure, and act accordingly.
Adult cats may sleep at the foot of your bed, in a cozy spot in your bedroom or under your bed. A kitten will most likely run around all night climbing and play attacking anything low enough to jump on – including you.


3) Fewer vet fees
Rescue pets have had physical examinations, have been desexed and are up to date with their vaccinations. When you buy a puppy or kitten, you pay for the pet AND all medical expenses.


4) What you see is what you get
When you buy a baby pet, you can never really be sure what type of adult you’re going to get. All puppies are cute and playful, but their adult personalities aren’t visible until they’re about two years old. So you don’t know whether you’re getting a dog who wants to play all the time (ALL the time!) or a couch potato. When you rescue a dog, you know what the dog’s personality is like and whether it fits with what you want in a dog companion. You also know in advance about any problem areas you, as the new owner, will have to address.

A cat’s personality has already been developed by the time it’s one year old. A lap cat will continue to be a lap cat and it is easy to determine if the new cat will work out in a multi-cat household. With an adult cat, you definitely know what you’re getting.


5) Adult pets are generally better for families
Adult pets generally are better with kids. Pups and kittens can play rough and cause harm to children by biting, nipping or scratching. When excited, large breed pups can knock children over accidentally. Children sometimes handle animals too roughly and can cause harm.

Adult pets are more ‘mellow’ and more able to get themselves out of harm’s way, meaning they’re often more patient with children.


6) It teaches your kids good values.
Face it – we live in an extremely materialistic society, in which TV teaches kids that everything can be bought, that they should get their parents to buy them everything, and that anything worth having costs a lot of money. Adopting a rescue pet for your family presents a wonderful opportunity to teach your children basic values of compassion and caring, and also about the value of second chances.

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