By: Ruby Cross, Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas, 501c3 (ASVT)
Adopting a rescue pet will change your life! A new pet won’t just make you more social, it will make you the most popular person with your friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers. Everyone becomes your best friend.
Research shows that, when conducting a task that’s stressful, people actually experienced less stress when their pets were with them than when a supportive friend was present!
When adopting a pet, one choice you’ll need to make is whether to adopt a senior, an adolescent, or an adult. It’s not always an easy decision. There are advantages and disadvantages of adopting pets of different ages.
There are many reasons why a rescue pet is a better choice than acquiring a pet from a breeder.
You save a life and you can choose from a great selection of pets. You can get to know a pet before bringing it home.
Foster parents know about each pet’s temperament, activity level, and personality. By visiting with the foster and the pet, you can find a pet that is perfect for your family.
Older pets are wonderful. They’re calm, mellow, sweet, lovable, and sometimes already house-trained. Yet, as wonderful as animals over the age of 7 are, they often represent the highest-risk population at shelters across the United States, where nearly 3 million dogs and cats are put down each year.
We all ask, how is that possible? How is it that the ideal companions are in this situation? This happens to a lot of senior pets by no fault of their own. Sometimes due to financial issues, illness, or another life crisis, pet owners find themselves unable to care for their pets. Then once older animals are surrendered to shelters, they can get overlooked because of their age. This is when “Rescues” come to the rescue! Foster homes save the day and strive to find the perfect home for these senior pets.
There are many reasons why pets over the age of 6 or 7 make ideal furry family members:
- They tend to be less rambunctious than younger pets.
- They are a great fit for families with busy lifestyles.
- They are so grateful for a second chance.
Senior pets are great company for seniors. Many senior people find the calmness of an older pet very comforting. They appreciate having a companion who is content to move through life at a slower speed.
Adding a furry friend to your family is an exciting decision. However, like most decisions, there are so many choices and it’s hard to know where to start.
Maybe you are thinking about a puppy or kitten. Puppies and kittens are enchanting little characters. They’re funny and cute and full of energy. But like all babies, need a lot of care and attention.
Your puppy or kitten will need to be trained what to do and not do. Lots of safe exercise is needed and you will need to socialize with other people and animals. As puppies and kittens learn and grow, they will get into things, chew things, make messes and have accidents in the house
ASVT Puppies & Kittens
So, you are thinking a senior or adolescent are not really for your family. There are the wonderful “In-Between” pets that are also looking for a loving family.
Adult pets are great for first time pet parents. If this is your first pet, or if you cannot devote the time necessary to train, socialize, and exercise a young pet, an adult pet could be a better choice for you.
You usually know what you are getting with an adult pet. When you choose an adult pet, you have a pretty good idea about him or her. You can see their physical traits and get some idea of basic temperament, even though pets newly in rescue foster homes may not always show their true personality right away.
Adult pets will love you as much as a puppy or kitten. Adult pets are open-hearted. Some completely overcome their pasts in a matter of days; others may take a few weeks or months, and a few will carry a little baggage for even longer. Working with your adopted pet to help overcome any issues necessary to enjoy their new life can be a very rewarding experience and result in a long-term, loving relationship.
Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas always has a variety of senior, adolescent and “In-Between” foster pets. If you are ready to adopt a rescue pet please take time to look at all our available pets on our website. All the pets shown here are ready to be adopted. All it takes is the first step… submit an Adoption Application for the pet of your choosing.
HOW CAN YOU HELP US HELP THEM?
ADOPT, SPONSOR, VOLUNTEER, FOSTER, DONATE!
You can visit our website to sign up to volunteer and/or foster and donate using our DONATE button. Donations help us pay for medical expenses, food, supplies and transporting animals to areas with high adoption needs.
ASVT also sponsors a Spay/Neuter Program for community animals whose owners cannot afford to have their pets altered. This helps decrease the rise of community puppies and kittens that will end up in the shelters.
The accomplishments of ASVT would not be possible without partners like Wiesner Automotive, Empire Electric, Dock Line Magazine and so many more.