Browsing: Shelters & Rescues
Raleigh, NC, January 30, 2013 –(PR.com)– The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (www.ncvma.org) has announced the release of a podcast discussing the adoption and handling of rescue pets. Dr. Chessie Green, D.V.M., a veterinarian at Falls Village Veterinary Hospital in Raleigh and immediate past president of NCVMA, provides advice on proper adoption procedures and care of rescue pets. She discusses ways to ensure that new owners receive the correct medical history for their rescue pet, as well as what further medical steps an owner should take after adoption. In the podcast, Dr. Green identifies the major differences between adopting a rescue pet and buying one from a breeder. She includes explanations of psychological problems often faced by rescue pets and how owners can help pets overcome these challenges. The podcast is available to download.
by Lauren Edwards
Adopting a dog to enhance your family unit is not a decision you should take lightly. You need to put as much careful planning into the adoption process as you would in buying a house, preparing for a baby or when organizing your wedding. Researching the right breed for your circumstances is of paramount importance, as unfortunately many prospective owners rush into the decision, often swayed by a new designer breed, without considering what the animal may be like.
It is a good idea before embarking on the dog adoption process that you evaluate how your life could fit around a dog and not how a dog could fit into your life. You need to calculate how long the dog may be left alone during the day if your family is at work or school, as more than four hours is not really acceptable. Furthermore, you need to decide if you can put aside time to exercise your new canine friend and whether you would be prepared to train it. Puppies will need training whether for toilet needs or for when you are walking them.
For years and years Bob Barker said to all the viewers at the end of The Price is Right “Bob Barker reminding you to help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered. Bye-bye.”
Since there are still people in the world that simply refuse to be responsible and have their pets spayed or neutered we will continue to have the problem of overcrowded shelters.
October is ‘Adopt a Shelter Dog’ month where awareness is put in high gear to help correct the problem. Nationwide there are about 5,000 independent community animal shelter. Statistics are hard to find since no national organization monitors these shelters. Currently, no government institution or animal organization is responsible for tabulating national statistics for the animal protection movement.