Category Archives: Animal Adoptions

Exotic Animal as Pets

Exotic animals as pets

Everybody likes petting animals and birds and that surely depends on the choice of an individual. Initially, the pets were used to release the workload but the trend has shifted away with the inventions of machines. Nowadays, pets are just pets, in a sense that a person can love it, feed it, and play with it. The most advanced version of petting animals is becoming dangerous as the exotic animals are getting into this category like scorpions, sharks, big cats, and even hissing cockroaches.

Sufferings & Abuses

You may have seen the exotic animals mainly in the circus, aquariums or the gymnastic concerts in which they play their part. Have you ever thought of it why the exotic ones? Well, the main purpose is to entertain the audience, no doubt. The audience knows how dangerous and rare they are, and thus appreciate the performance. The reality is that nobody knows how difficult is for them to live away from their natural environment. They are treated very hard by force and often given too little to eat.

During transportation, many of them die or become weak caused by malnutrition. Rare species of snakes are sometimes wrapped in a DVD covers while some are wrapped in suits to avoid walkthrough detections. For the big ones, the cages are so tight that they can barely turn around. Some exotic animals are so sensitive that they may die if not provided the required environment.

Consideration before exotic pets

The most important fact to keep in mind is that animals are animals. Their wild nature can never be replaced by the desired docile nature that humans prefer, no matter how much the animal is trained. Many cases have been reported that resulted in fatal injuries and often deaths of humans by these animals.

Ignorance is one of the most important factors. No matter how easy is to pet and love an animal, it must be in safe hands. Careless owners can surely make for severe conditions for a pet to survive. It was reported that a teenager provided calcium deficit diet to his cougar cub that resulted in deformation in legs. Sugar gliders die if not given proper socialization and a proper diet.

The low breeding rate is one of the worst cause of extinction of rare species. Pandas and Bengal tigers are near to be extinct due to lack of proper ecosystems. In the case of such pets, it is surely next to an impossible lifestyle to provide.

Lashing out cases are devastating. Many reports have been issued in which tiger tore out an arm of a boy, a pet lion killing dogs and a circus elephant killing the audience. Even the owners and professional trainers are unsafe.

Medication is also quite difficult to provide for the exotic pets. In addition, they carry some deadly diseases such as monkeypox, tularemia, salmonellosis etc. for the past decade, 70000 such cases have been reported.

So now what?

In the light of the discussion, please think twice before attending events that display exotic animals as they are not cooperative in certain situations. Show your love towards them but be aware of the limitations that come with owning an exotic pet.

Adoption of the Week

Adoption of the Week #8

As someone who grew up with cats, hamsters, fish, rats, birds, lizards, bunnies and even a tarantula, having a dog was always a dream for me that was never fulfilled. When Sansa, my Australian Cattle Dog, came into my life I could hardly believe how happy she made me.

She was found on Kijiji as her owner at the time was moving and could not keep her. He was not her first owner and had very little about her past to tell me. She’s by no means perfect but I am so fond of all her quirks and the things that make her special. I love that every time I come home she hops up on my bed and waits for me to come lay down for a cuddle. I love how she’s so energetic and we can lay fetch for hours.

My dog means the world to me, and no one quite understands me or makes me happier than she can. I feel so lucky to have been able to adopt this amazing being into my life.

Animal Adoption of the Week

Adoption of the Week #1

“My husband and I went to the local Humane society, planning on adopting a different dog we had seen on the internet. We met the dog and knew that after the meeting, this particular dog was not a match for us. We were just about to leave we saw this gorgeous Rottweiler/Lab cross peek his head into the door window. As we were walking by he wagged his tail so hard, his entire body was wagging with it. It was the cutest thing id ever seen. I knew then before we could leave, we just had to meet this happy lil fella.

We were told he had been in the shelter for over 7 months. This is a longer than usual stay for most dogs. The volunteers blamed it on his colouring (who’d have thought…). As soon as his pen door was opened, he crawled right onto my lap… I’m sure he would have crawled right into me if he could. We played with him for a bit, noticing he had no idea how to play with a ball. That broke my heart a little, but we saw he was more than content snuggling up to us/following us around and that was enough. All he wanted was to be close.

We were also told he had back surgery immediately when he was brought in as there was a possible wildlife attack that left him with a massive gash/bite wound on his back. Since the surgery he has healed nicely. He luckily had not been restricted or disabled by the accident at all.

We ended up going home that day and my husband and I could not stop thinking about him. It’s like he had chosen us. So the next day I called the Humane Society to set up a meet and greet with our other dog, Lila. You could tell they hit it off right away….until Koda (a mastermind escape artist) figured out how the latch worked and ran out of the play pen. He got out and ended up taking a tour of the shelter, not going anywhere far. Even after all of that, we knew he had the right spirit and just had to be a part of our family.

To this day he’s been an amazing companion. We’ve definitely had our trials and tribulations with Koda but wouldn’t trade them in for anything. He goes on long hikes in the Rockies with us, trips to the dog park, multiple walks everyday (he was even our ring bearer at our wedding). Koda couldn’t be a happier dog. He even lets my husband, who is completely Deaf, know when there’s something beeping such as an alarm in the house or if someone is at the door, etc. He’s taught us lots about perseverance, how to be patient, and most of all how to put the past behind you. We’ve had him for over two years now and do not regret a day that goes by.

That’s the story of how Koda rescued us!”

– Meg & Tyrell

Tell us your story!

Do you or someone you know have a great animal adoption story? We’d love to hear it! Fill out the form here, and we’ll post our favourites each week.

4 Things to Avoid when Advertising a Pet

1. Never use the word ‘free’ in your advertising

Even if you plan on giving away the animal for free, remember that there are still a lot of costs that come with taking care of an animal. The new owner should be able to afford the basic necessities of life for the animal, including proper nutrition and health care. By using the word ‘free’ in your ads, you could potentially be attracting someone who may not be ready to fully commit financially to caring for the animal.

2. Be careful of the photos you use to show the pet

There are a few things that can really make a difference between a great picture of your pet, and a bad one.

  • Make sure not to show the faces of any people in the photo. Not only should the focus be on the animal, but you also want to protect the identity of anyone who’s photo you use.
  • A large, high-quality photo will do you a lot of good. It’s better to have no image at all, than having an image that is too small or pixelated.
  • Make sure that it’s clear which animal is available for adoption if there is more than one animal in the photo.
  • Keep the background clean and simple
  • The fewer distractions in the photo, the better

What Not to Do

3. Don’t disclose your full name or address in ads

You may feel more comfortable setting up a new email account just for the process of handling the adoption. This will also allow you to keep everything organized and separate from your personal account.

4. Don’t try to guilt people into adopting the animal

Wrong: “If you don’t buy my pet by next week she will be put down!!!! Please stop this terrible thing from happening!!!!”

Remember, you’re looking for the best for this particular animal. Not everyone you meet will get along well with, or be able to care for the animal’s specific needs. It is worth the wait to ensure that the animal goes to a safe and caring forever home, than let it go to just anyone.

Bonus – Use proper grammar in your ads

This means no caps lock! Use proper structure when building your sentences, but still keep your ad straight and to the point.

Your rights when adopting out

When it comes to adopting out an animal, it’s important to feel both safe and in control. Although your legal rights may vary depending on your province of residence, here are some of the consistencies that will help you make the best decision not only for yourself, but for the people you’re adopting to as well.

The Animal’s Safety

  • You have the right to refuse adoption to a person you have ever met or don’t feel comfortable with. If you have an uneasy feeling about someone wanting to adopt from you, consider whether that person is the right person for this particular animal.
  • You have the right to refuse adoption to a person who has intentionally hurt or killed another pet. It is your duty to do your best in ensuring that the animal is going to a safe and stable home.
  • You have the right not to be made to feel guilty because the animal has been sheltered long-term. This is a tough one, as some of you might want to push the adopting of animals that have been under your care for longer than you had anticipated.
  • You have the right not to be pressured to adopt out an incompatible pet, even if the alternative is euthanasia. Remember, the safety and well-being of an animal must come before convenience.

Your Safety

  • You have the right to be treated with respect, courtesy, and professionalism.
  • You have the right to meet any potential adopters in a place where you feel safe.
  • You do not have to provide a potential adopter with your own personal information, such as your phone number of address if you don’t feel comfortable doing so. If you feel safer doing so, setup a new email account just for contacting potential adopters.

The best way to decrease animal cruelty is through prevention.

Summary

The key to protecting both yourself and the animal during the process of finding the perfect match for your pet is to a) make sure you’ve found the right person for the animal and b) don’t do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing. Waiting for the right person can be stressful, but it’s important to do your best to ensure that the animal is going to a safe home. Don’t feel pressured into making a quick decision, or to share any personal information with a potential adopter.

Animal Abuse Defence Registry

Interviewing Potential Adopters

These are generalized questions that may help you sift through the good and bad potential adopters. Remember that it’s your job to find the best home possible for the animal. It has to be the right fit for both parties in order to be a successful adoption, so if you’re feeling uneasy about things, follow your instincts. Let’s get to it!

Have you ever had another pet? What happened to it? Ideally, they will explain how their old pet died of old age, or that it passed away of complications that they did everything in their power to prevent. Anything preventable or along the lines of ‘they ran away’ or ‘we gave it away’ are huge red flags.

Do you have a pet now? If so, how will they get along? Is it up to date on vaccinations? If an existing pet is territorial, likelihood of it welcoming in a new pet is minimal. Also, making sure that the existing pet’s health needs are being taken care of is in the best interest of both the existing pet and the new one.

Who is going to be the owner/taking care of the pet? The person who you are meeting with may be obtaining the pet as a gift to someone else. If the pet isn’t going to either the individual you are meeting with or someone directly in the family (such as parents buying a family pet), please INSIST on meeting with the future owner. Animals should never, ever be given as a surprise gift to someone who isn’t prepared for it.

How do you plan on disciplining the animal? Rubbing their nose in their urine and screaming “bad pet” is not accepted as an effective correction. Many training methods exist, such as group or one-on-one training. An answer you’d like to hear is one that suggests patience and consistency. It is NEVER appropriate to hit, spank, slap, kick, or humiliate a pet. This psychological damage is a result of stupidity on the part of an abusive owner who didn’t know how to house break a pet.

How long will the pet be alone each day? If the owner will be gone from home 8-10 hours a day, they need to also be able to provide appropriate exercise and attention to the animal. Also asking if they vacation often, or are away for multiple days at a time on a regular basis is also a good way to gauge if they are ready to take on a new family member.

What kind of exercise will be animal get each day? How long will they be outside for? Proper exercise and time outside the house is important to both their physical and mental health.

Do you have children? If so, how will they interact with the pet?

Are you financial prepared to take on a new family member? Remember, anyone adopting a pet should be stable enough to provide for the proper diet, exercise and health requirements that the animal comes with.

Tips for individuals adopting out a pet

Health Records

Ensure that the animal is up to date on all of their vaccinations, and are spayed and neutered. Make sure that their veterinarian records are ready to be passed onto the new owner.

Advertising Your Pet

Never use the word ‘free’ in your advertising. Even if you plan on giving it away without cost, you’ll attract a lot of attention from the wrong kind of people. Remember, anyone adopting a pet should be stable enough to provide proper diet, exercise and health requirements that the animal comes with.

Last Resources

Don’t be afraid to ask for help from local shelters, and care societies. If you have to find your animal a new home fast and are having trouble, you can take the pet to these places as a last resort. If you contact them ahead of time, they may be able to include your pet in their advertising for pets available for adoption.

Overall…

When it comes to finding the right home for your animal, trust your gut instincts. If you’re not 100% convinced that you’ve found the perfect fit for both the new owner and the animal, your subconscious is likely picking up subtle hints to cause any uneasy feelings.