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Adopt puppies or kittens: frequently asked questions and answers
Have you considered adopting a kitten or puppy from the shelter? Find out everything you should know about adoption in our frequently asked questions and answers.
Why should I adopt puppies or kittens?
Adopting a puppy or kitten from the shelter instead of buying a pet from a breeder is a wonderful thing for several reasons:
- An abandoned animal is given a permanent home.
- A place becomes free in the animal shelter because animals are repeatedly abandoned or given away.
- Shelters make sure that an animal and its potential new owner are a good match.
- The cost of adoption is usually lower than buying an animal from a breeder - and the money goes to the shelter, which in turn can help other cats and dogs.
What about the health of an animal from a shelter?
Animal shelters not only provide food and shelter for animals up for adoption; Kittens and puppies are also thoroughly examined, regularly treated for parasites such as fleas, ticks and worms, and vaccinated for the first time.
In animal shelters, most animals are neutered as soon as they are old enough, or only given if the new owner agrees to castrate them. Animal shelters also inform you about current or previous health problems and often do not give puppies or kittens up for adoption if they are not completely healthy.
When can I adopt a kitten or puppy from the shelter?
Kittens and puppies are usually given away from the age of twelve weeks, although the exact age of adoption may vary from one shelter to another. Ideally, baby cats or dogs are at the shelter with the mother until they reach that age.
Please keep in mind that you may also be able to adopt the mother together with the young animal. Adult cats or dogs tend to be calmer than kittens or babies and can enrich your home.
How do I find the right animal for my family and everyday situation?
They will help you find the right animal for you at the animal shelter. Every animal shelter wants the best for its animals, and special care is taken to find the right home for the animal in question.
Most animal shelters have an online gallery of animals for adoption on their website. In addition, many animal shelters offer advice from their experts in order to find the right animal for you.
The shelter will ask you what your home and everyday situation is like and what you are looking for. Each family member will likely be asked to visit the puppy or kitten at the shelter to make sure the chemistry is right between everyone.
Can I adopt a baby dog or cat if I have young children?
Young dogs and cats have soft bones that can deform. Therefore, if they are pressed too hard, they can be damaged. Shelters have their own rules about puppy or kitten adoption by families with young or younger children.
Most shelters will happily refer puppies or kittens to families with younger children, but will likely ask that each family member visit the shelter to meet the potential new pet.
Basically, it should be ensured that infants and young children are never unsupervised in the vicinity of dogs or cats. If you have concerns about this, you can wait until the children are at least five years old before adopting a pet. At this age, they can understand what is good for a pet and what is harmful to it.
What options are there apart from animal shelters?
In addition to animal shelters, there are of course other places where you can get a kitten or puppy. Which source you choose is entirely up to you. Reputable passport breeders are always a great option for getting a new pet. Friends or neighbors with unplanned offspring also often give up kittens and puppies. In this case, remember that baby cats or dogs must not be separated from their mother too early (after about twelve weeks at the earliest). Also, don't forget to introduce the animal to the vet. He will examine it, vaccinate it and, if necessary, treat it for parasites or neuter it when it is old enough.
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