It’s the beginning of another month and you know exactly what that means! we in bored panda have finished a new collection of the most heartwarming photos of rescued pets floating around online to share with you all. After all, about 6.3 million animals enter shelters in any given year in the US alone, and while an estimated 4.1 million are taken in, every one of our four-legged companions deserves the opportunity for a loving home.
So let’s start summer off on the right foot and take a moment to applaud the heroes who opened their hearts and provided these fools with comfortable beds, nutritious meals, and loving families. Luckily for us, rescuers didn’t waste a second sharing photos of their adorable newly adopted kitties, fluffy puppies, or other abandoned souls celebrating their new forever homes.
So keep scrolling to enjoy the pictures and vote for the ones that made you smile the most! Once you’re done, there are plenty more reassuring photos to catch up on, so be sure to check out our previous articles on this feature: April, March, and February.
For more information on pet adoption and the key factors people should consider before welcoming a dog or cat into their home, we contacted Clare Hemingtona cat behaviorist and cat owner honeysuckle cat toys which has been voted the best cat toy in the UK twice. When it comes to rescuing an animal, she explained that you should do everything in your power to avoid saying, “If only I had known that before I went ahead.”
“Many of the potential dangers that come with owning a pet can be avoided with preparation,” he told Bored Panda. “So if you think you might be interested in pet adoption, it’s important to do your research to make sure you’ll be a suitable owner and choose the right pet for you.”
According to sally chamberlaina UK-based clinical animal behaviorist, founder of Karma Paws Pet Careand author of purr power, time and money are often the biggest problems someone can have when taking this big step. “A lot of commitment is required when adopting an animal because it will require you to spend a lot of time with it, especially in the beginning when it is getting used to you and its new living environment,” she told us.
“Money is also another important consideration,” Chamberlain added. “Along with veterinary bills comes the cost of food, toys, bedding and other resources and enrichment items an animal will need. Pet insurance will be another expense, and hiring a pet sitter or other care option of pets when you go on vacation.
Of course, you also need to consider the species you want to adopt so you can meet their needs and understand if your home is suitable for them to stay happy and healthy. “For example, do [you] Do you have enough space for a lively dog, including a garden for him to play and potty?” Another thing to keep in mind (and very important!) is that a lot of patience will be required.” It can take a long time to build a bond with an animal, especially if it comes from a difficult situation and has a hard time trusting humans,” Chamberlain added.
After all, the feeling of adopting a four-legged companion and giving them a ‘forever’ home is extremely rewarding, but this decision should not be taken lightly. “Pets can bring a lot of joy for many years to come, but it’s also important to remember that owning a pet can mean less-than-joyful tasks like cleaning litter trays, picking up dog feces, and braving all weathers to take your dog for a walk. dog,” Hemington noted.
It’s no secret that preparing to face a new partner is far from an easy task. To avoid being overwhelmed by all the worries that pop into your head, Chamberlain suggested making a checklist of what you can offer your rescued animal. “If you live in a small apartment with no outdoor space, adopting a young, energetic dog might not be ideal, but an older cat that’s used to an indoor lifestyle might be comfortable living in that kind of environment,” he explained. . you must think about your home and your lifestyle.
So when it comes to caring for our furry friends, the responsibilities go far beyond filling bowls with food and water. After all, animal welfare should always come first, Chamberlain argued. “Animals can get sick and need medical attention, and they also have ongoing needs that need to be met on a regular basis, such as a reliable routine, food, water, flea and worm treatments, grooming, a safe place to sleep and enrichment.” like playing and walking, among many other things.” Even when you check all the boxes on the list, you should also think about the emotional factor. “Not many animals will outlive us, and we have to be prepared to make difficult decisions towards the end of their lives,” said the clinical animal behaviorist.
The temptation to adopt a pet the moment you set foot in the shelter can be soaring, but it’s crucial to think deeply about your expectations for this relationship before making any lasting decisions. Unfortunately, Hemington told us, rescued pets don’t always have basic information about their upbringing and how they react in different situations, so they may not meet your criteria.
“If you’re getting a pet from a rescue center, make sure you find out as much as you can, including why it was abandoned. This is especially important if you have young children,” said the cat behaviorist. Additionally, Chamberlain added that reputable charities will also conduct an interview with prospective adopters to ensure they can offer a suitable home and are ready for commitment.
However, I would strongly advise against searching social media or unknown websites to adopt an animal. “There’s a high risk that that animal is very sick or has serious behavior problems, whether or not it’s ‘free to a good home’ or the seller is asking for money. If they have problems, there will be no support.” network and the seller will no doubt be gone and no longer traceable once the unwitting adopter discovers why the pet was no longer wanted.”
Hemington stressed that the most important thing is to understand the species-specific needs of your rescued pet. “Although we might think of our pets as babies with furry coats, they are very different from us humans!” He noted that another consideration is if you already have a pet at home. “This could be a particular problem for cats that are naturally territorial and don’t want to share their territory with a newcomer!”
But let’s not forget the golden mascots either, Hemington said. “They still have a lot to offer, and you won’t have to worry about them ruining your soft furnishings or introducing you to live or half-eaten wildlife. They’re usually just looking for a warm bed and a safe haven where the rest of their family can live.” days”.
Rescue pets are these little critters who have been through a lot, so once you give them a loving new home, their fate is in your hands. “As a general rule of thumb, it can take about three weeks for a new cat or dog to feel safe in their new home and about another three months for their true character to shine through as they begin to feel more comfortable,” Chamberlain explained. . “It can take a long time, but once they settle in and learn that they can trust you, a rescue animal can be an amazing companion, even if they’ve had a rocky start in life,” she concluded.