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Pet Rescue –Some Rules to Know About

Thursday, June 20, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

If you would like to adopt a pet, most pet rescue organizations have required to ensure the safety and well being of the pet. This makes sense, they want to make sure that the pet is adopted into a forever home where it thrives. has put together some of the rules and requirements when adopting a pet.

  • If you live in an apartment and work long hours, a rescue will probably balk at giving you a young, active dog but might recommend an older dog or a pair of dogs who won’t mind lazing around all day, provided they have a place to potty.
  • If you live in the city or the suburbs and allow your cats to roam outside, a rescue will probably reject you — it has grown increasingly dangerous to allow cats to live outdoors, and the rescue won’t want to take any chances.
  • If you have infants or toddlers living with you, a rescue will not let you adopt a dog or cat who responds poorly to roughhousing.
  • If you live in a house, the rescue will want to know about the security and height of your fence.
  • If you plan to or have a history of performing “cosmetic” surgery on your animals — cropping ears, docking tails, declawing cats — the rescue will reject you outright, just as they will if you have intact animals (except those who are too old or ill to have surgery). If you want a declawed cat, discuss the decision with the rescue or shelter staff. Be open and honest. There may be an already-declawed cat available for adoption.

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