So You Want To Adopt?

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Please Think Before You Leap

There are many things to consider before adopting a pet. The idea of having a pet, who can give us unconditional loyalty and acceptance, provide constant companionship, and even help relieve stress after a hard day's work, is appealing to many people.

Adopting a pet is a big decision. animals require lots of time, money, and commitment-over 15 years worth in many cases. Pet ownership can be rewarding, but only if you think through your decision before you adopt.

Things To Know

We appreciate that you're thinking about adopting from a rescue, especially here in Korea! But before you make the decision to bring a furry friend into your life, take a moment to think over these questions and make sure you show us that you have thought about adoption when you complete the application:
  • Why do you want a pet? It's amazing how many people fail to ask themselves this simple question. Adopting a pet without thought or because the kids are begging for a puppy usually ends up being a big mistake. Don't forget that pets are a long-term commitment!
  • What is your family like? It is important that the pet is a good fit for the entire family. Make sure everyone in the family is in agreement and excited about the possibility of adopting a pet. Are there any allergies to consider?
  • Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet? If you have kids under six years old, for instance, you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt a companion. Pet ownership requires children who are mature enough to be responsible. If you're a student or travel frequently as part of your work, waiting until you settle down is wise.
  • Do you have time for a pet? Who will be responsible for the pet’s daily care? The costs of pet ownership can be quite high. Food, training, veterinary care, grooming, toys, boarding, and other expenses add up quickly. Emergencies can and do happen that could add up to thousands of dollars - are you prepared?
  • Do you have the time, patience, and energy to help a pet that may have a traumatic past? It is common for many of our rescues to have experienced something traumatic in their lives. Many have been rescued from high-kill shelters, meat farms, hoarding situations, or found as strays. Some have also been abandoned by a previous family. They may have behavioral issues, and many are not housetrained.
  • Can you have a pet where you live? Make sure you know what restrictions might apply to your home before you adopt.
  • Are your living arrangements suitable for the animal you have in mind? Animal size, temperament, and activity level is important to think about. Before adopting a pet, do some research! That way, you'll ensure you choose an animal that will fit into your lifestyle and your living arrangements.
  • Will you be a responsible pet owner?  Having your pet spayed or neutered, obeying community leash and licensing laws, and keeping identification tags on your pets are all part of being a responsible owner. Of course, giving your pet love, companionship, exercise, a healthy diet, and regular veterinary care are other essentials.
  • Finally, are you prepared to keep and care for the pet for his or her entire lifetime? When you adopt a pet, you are making a commitment to care for the animal for his or her lifetime.

Get An animal For Life

Sure, it's a long list of questions. But a quick stroll through a shelter will help you understand why answering them before you adopt is so important.

Many of the shelter's homeless puppies and kittens are victims of irresponsible people who allowed their pets to breed. But there are at least as many adults at the shelter who are more than a year old - dogs and cats who were obtained by people who didn't think through the responsibilities of pet ownership before they got them.

Please, don't make the same mistake. Think before you adopt. Sharing your life with a companion pet can bring incredible rewards, but only if you're willing to make the necessary commitments of time, money, responsibility, and love-for the life of the pet.

If you're ready to adopt a companion for life, please click the links above at the top of the page to see a sample of our many wonderful dogs and cats available for adoption at Rebel Rescue South Korea.

If someone tugs at your heart and you would like to meet him or her, please fill out an Adoption Application.

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