A Journey Through Pet Adoption

IMG_0830-1 My blog today strays from my typical novel related posts because I wanted to share something with you that is dear to my heart. In January I adopted this adorable Flame Point Siamese, Toby, from an animal rescue in the Phoenix area. I loved the idea of adopting a kitten who needed a home, rather than simply purchasing one. Through the adoption process, my eyes were opened to the world of animal rescues. I never knew there was a difference between an “animal rescue” vs. a “shelter”, and wow, what a difference there is! Don’t get me wrong, it is wonderful to rescue a pet from a shelter! Most times, animals in shelters have a time limit, and once their “time is up” they are put down. Depending on the shelter, there are definitely some nicer than others, the animals spend most of their time in cages. This is how I always pictured animal rescues, but they couldn’t be any more different. The animal rescues that I have come in contact with lately, “rescue” many of their animals from shelters to prevent them from being put down. The animal rescues then “foster out” the animals to foster families and they live in the home for however long is necessary to get adopted out to their “forever home”. When I found my sweet Toby, he was living in a foster home with several other kittens and adult cats. They had a beautiful area of the house and were free to roam. I had originally planned to visit another foster family to visit another kitten, but as soon as I met Toby, I knew that he was “the one”.

My journey isn’t over yet. We’ve decided to adopt a puppy in a few weeks, and I have been doing extensive research on animal rescue websites to find the puppy that is perfect for our family. Most of the websites will write about the animal’s history so that you know exactly what the animal is like. The great thing about the dogs who are living in rescues is that they get used to living in a house and the foster family works on introducing them to other dogs, cats, and children in many instances, depending on the foster home. As I mentioned, I am all about rescuing a pet from a shelter. There are some amazing animals out there for adoption, but I absolutely love the idea of going to someone’s home, knowing that the dog has been loved and played with and trained every day. Most of all, I love the idea of giving a home to a dog who is in need of a permanent home.

I’m excited that my search for a puppy is almost over, I hope! I haven’t met the little guy yet, but I have seen pictures of him and I’ve been in contact with the foster family. It’s a big process, I feel like we are adopting a child, LOL! We had to fill out an application, I’ve had a phone interview, now we have to have a home inspection. A lot more work than going out to just buy a puppy, but so much more rewarding and well worth it! Some people are surprised that it costs so much to adopt a pet from an animal rescue. I’ve heard some people say, if the animal needs a home, why not lower the price to make it more affordable, but here is the other side of the picture…I will be paying $200 for my puppy. That price covers all of the food that they’ve given him since he’s come to their home and he will come neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated! In the end, even if I went out and got a puppy for free, the vet bills for neutering, microchipping, and vaccines would be much more than $200! I say that is a wonderful deal!

So there’s my journey to finding my new furry friends. When I do finally get to adopt my new little puppy love, I will share his picture with you. For anyone who is considering adding a kitten or puppy, cat or dog to their family, I encourage you to check out your local animal rescues or animal shelters. This is a wonderful link that I have used that connects to all local animal rescues in your area, if you are interested 🙂  http://www.petfinder.com

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