Homeless Animal Day is coming up on August 20th. This was started by the International Society of Animal Rights back in 1992, as a way to raise awareness about the plight of homeless pets and the struggles and hardships they face. Of course, quite a few of our patients were once homeless themselves. And while not all stray animals are well-suited for a pet’s life, there are definitely some happy endings out there. A Georgetown, IN vet offers some tips on adopting homeless animals below.
The internet is overflowing with stray rescue stories. It’s both heartbreaking and heartwarming to see pets journey from frightened, scared, and often sick and/or malnourished strays to thriving pets. That said, adopting a stray will require patience, time, and lots of love. If you aren’t ready to commit, contact a rescue society or consider fostering the animal instead.
Age often has a lot to do with how well homeless animals adapt to being pets. The odds of puppies and kittens making the transition successfully is usually quite high, especially when they’re young enough to still be socialized as babies. Older animals that are wary or aggressive may always be a bit timid or wary, but can thrive with proper TLC. Ultimately, it just depends on the pet.
There are no physical differences between feral and stray animals, but there are mental ones. Feral animals are completely wild, and are often quite aggressive. Feral cats also may not use litterboxes, which is a dealbreaker for many. However, don’t assume that you can’t give a feral kitty a better life. Many of them make great barn cats! Strays, on the other hand, are used to being around humans. Many are former pets that were lost or abandoned. Others may have been neglected or abused, and will need time to learn to trust. Love takes time!
If you find a hurt pet, your first move should be to seek veterinary care for it. Your furry pal is likely going to need to be dewormed, vaccinated, caught up on parasite control, and possibly fixed. Aside from that, give them time to adjust and settle in. You may find this to be a very rewarding and beautiful experience!
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Georgetown, IN animal clinic!