Think about why you want a new pet

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When someone responds to your flyer or ad, you’ll want to interview them over the phone be­fore introducing them to the animal. By doing so, you can eliminate unsuitable potential adopters early on. The following are some guidelines for helping you find the best possible new home for your pet or rescued animal.
We want you to build a relationship with your new pet, based on trust and commitment, just as much as your potential pet does
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I lost my 16 year old Persian to kidney failure two days ago. He was diagnosed a little over a week ago, and the medicine the vets gave him did little to help him. The vet told me that kidney failure is not painful, only uncomfortable. The morning of the day he was going to be put to sleep came, and I knew he wouldn't even make it through the ride to the vet's. He died while I held him, as comfortable as he could be. Even as sick as he was, he never wanted to be left alone, and always wanted to be held. I've never seen more love from any other pet or animal than the kind he gave me. I adopted him only 2 years ago, but he was my baby. I know I will never have another pet like my Gabriel. We are an online community that connects people who want to adopt a pet with people who need to find their pet a new home.
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Photo provided by FlickrWe recommend bringing all members of the family, including all dogs, to meet your potential new pet – we want to make sure it's a good fit for everyone.
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Before bringing a new pet into your heart and home, ask yourself, "Why do I want another pet?" Two pets are not necessarily just as easy or just as much work as one. Another pet will require time, energy, expense and patience. Many people who do not have enough time for one pet think that two will be better because they will keep each other company. If you think a second pet will help alleviate loneliness, boredom or behavior problems with your resident pet, think again. If you don't have time to spend with one cat, you surely will not have time to spend with two. Many cat owners end up with two bored and misbehaving pets instead of one. Furthermore, a second pet will not necessarily provide your cat with the companionship you have in mind. Adult dog adoption = an instant friend for life: Ask anybody who has adopted an adult dog, and they'll swear their bond with their rescued pal is as deep as they come. When you open your heart and your home to a dog who needs help, they really do show their appreciation for the rest of their life! Dogs who have been uprooted from their homes, or have had difficult beginnings are likely to bond completely and deeply with their new human caretakers who they view as heroes. Dogs who find themselves in the shelter or at a rescue group because of a death or other tragedy in their former human family usually go through a mourning period. Once they are adopted, however, they usually want nothing more than to please their new hero---YOU! No matter what circumstances brought them to the shelter or rescue group, most dogs for adoption are exceptionally affectionate and attentive pets and extremely loyal companions. But first you have to adopt one!If you are willing to put in the time, patience and expense of a second pet, then take a look at your cat's desires. Does he want or need a companion? Is he happy to be the "only child?" Cats are by nature, highly territorial. A cat, especially an indoor cat can become extremely stressed if he thinks his territory is being invaded. Unless a cat has been raised with other pets and has been socialized with them, he will not readily accept them and will most likely be happier by himself. What is your cat's temperament like? Does he welcome strangers coming into your home? Does he hide for days after they have left? Some cats are traumatized when a new piece of furniture is brought into the home! If this is your cat, you should seriously reconsider your plans. Read more about the territorial nature of cats.To get to your New Pet Alerts management page, where you can see and cancel any New Pet Alerts that you no longer want, enter your e-mail below, and we'll send you the link!