Why it’s better to adopt a pet

2019-05-22 06:02
PHOTO: facebookOne of the dogs available for adoption at Parr, is Earl, who is a seven-week-old puppy looking for a good home.

PHOTO: facebookOne of the dogs available for adoption at Parr, is Earl, who is a seven-week-old puppy looking for a good home.

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WHILE many prospective dog owners’ first thought is to buy a pure-bred dog, and more and more people are becoming sceptical of adopting a dog that is not a puppy, Pietermaritzburg Animal Rescue and Rehome (Parr) member Chevonne Chetty has argued that the adoption of pets from rescue organisations is the better option.

“When buying an animal you are not guaranteed to receive an animal that has been vaccinated, dewormed, sterilised or treated for ticks and fleas. Rescue organisations, like ours, ensure that all of the above, and things like microchipping, are done to ensure that if the animal goes missing, he or she can be identified by someone when found,” said Chetty.

Chetty said rescue organisations do home checks before and after allocating an animal to a home and most will keep in contact with the owners should they need advice or assistance.

Many animals are neglected once the honeymoon phase is over between the animal and the owners but Chetty say they have a way to deal with this.

“We have adoption contracts to ensure the safety and security of the animal, allowing us to remove the animal if the adopter breaches the contract by being negligent or abusive towards the animal.

“We also ensure that the animal is returned to us should the adopters move to a place where they can no longer keep the animal,” said Chetty.

Chetty said that most private sellers of animals do not do proper home checks to ensure that a property is safe enough for the animal before selling them. By adopting an animal, Chetty said you are also saving money as if you were to purchase an animal privately, you would often be liable to get the animal vaccinated, dewormed, treated for ticks and fleas and sterilised.

“People must ask the necessary questions before they purchase a pet,” said Chetty.

Those looking to adopt can contact Tina at 071 883 1457 or Tash at 076 167 2175.

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