The Adoption Education

The Adoption Education

Fourteen-thousand dogs die every day at animal control facilities in the United States. This short documentary exhibits the challenges facing dogs and the people that support them. It also focuses on the great work of Lulu's Rescue who rescue dogs from North/South Carolina up to Pennsylvania and follows their efforts to go beyond just rescue & create an all-important spay/neuter initiative.

A NOBLE MISSION

Some education: Spaying or neutering is surgical sterilization. Spaying of females involves the removal of the entire reproductive tract (uterus and ovaries). Neutering of males is done by removing the testicles. Both procedures are performed using strict sterile technique while the pet is under general anesthesia.

Now let's talk about allowing a pet into your life - and making it much better

7 TOP REASONS TO ADOPT A PET

IT'S NOT JUST THE RIGHT THING TO DO. ADOPTION IS A REWARD.


7 – you will save a life

Each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet.

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you save a loving animal by making them part of your family and open up shelter space for another animal who might desperately need it. (Source: The Humane Society of the United States)


6 – YOU WILL GET A GREAT ANIMAL AND FRIEND

Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelter pets wound up there because of a human problem like a move or a divorce, not because the animals did anything wrong. Many are already house trained and used to living with families.  (Source: The Humane Society of the United States)


5 – IT WILL COST YOU LESS

Usually when you adopt a pet, the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations (and sometimes even microchipping!) is included in the adoption price, which can save you some of the up front costs of adding a new member to your family. Depending on the animal, you may also save on housebreaking and training expenses. (Source: The Humane Society of the United States)


4 – BECAUSE OF BRAGGING RIGHTS

Usually when you adopt a pet, the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations (and sometimes even microchipping!) is included in the adoption price, which can save you some of the up front costs of adding a new member to your family. Depending on the animal, you may also save on housebreaking and training expenses. (Source: The Humane Society of the United States)


3 – YOUR HOME WILL THANK YOU

Many of the pets from shelters and rescues are already house trained, which means you’re not only saving a pet’s life, you may be saving your rug. Adopting a mature pet not only gives older animals a second chance, it often means introducing them to your family will be much easier. (Source: The Humane Society of the United States)


2 – ALL PETS ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH. BUT ADOPTEES OFFER AN EXTRA BOOST

Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial to their companions. Caring for a pet can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness. And when you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need. (Source: The Humane Society of the United States)


1 – BECAUSE THE SHELTER PET PROJECT MAKES IT EASY

You can go to  the  Shelter Pet Project  to find pets near you, of every size, color, temperament and breed. Purebred and mixed breed animals alike are waiting for their forever homes.

You can go to  the Shelter Pet Project to find pets near you, of every size, color, temperament and breed. Purebred and mixed breed animals alike are waiting for their forever homes.


CARING FOR YOUR NEW DOG: ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES

(1) Leash & (2) Collar - A breakaway collar is a good choice for everyday wear. They are designed to unsnap easily if the collar gets caught on something so your dog doesn't get choked. For walks, a buckle collar or harness is a better choice because they are designed not to unsnap easily so your dog doesn't run off.

Food - Changing a dog's food abruptly can cause diarrhea, sometimes for several weeks. To avoid this, continue feeding the same food provided by the foster home, or mix the old with the new to gradually adjust your dog to a new diet. Instructions on switching to a new food as well as guidelines on how much to feed your dog and how often should be on the bag itself, however most dog food brands also have this information on their website.

(3) Food & Water Dishes - Pick a spot and leave them in the same place so your dog knows exactly where to go for water. Make sure the water bowl is clean and has fresh water at all times. You can also get a feeder.

(4) Crate - Crates make the adjustment period less stressful for you and your new fur-baby. The crate should be big enough for your dog to stand up, turn completely around and lie down comfortably in.  However, if the crate is too big your dog may have accidents in it, so pay attention to crate dimensions and the dog weight/height it is recommended for.

(5) Toys - Safe toys help dogs ease stress and, of course, have fun. Having toys available will ease the adjustment period. Always supervise your dog when playing with toys. You can leave him alone with (6) heavy duty toys like Kong, but check for damage periodically to avoid choking hazards.

( Source: Wags and Walks, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, California )


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