16 Jan What To Expect When Adopting A Rescue Pet In Singapore
You’ve been wishing for a furry companion and after much deliberation, you’ve decided to take plunge in and adopt a pet! Adoption will not only gift you a pet dog or cat, but you’d also be giving an animal another chance at life. It’s undoubtedly an exciting journey, but it’s also not free from its stresses and worries. So before you head down to any shelters in Singapore, take note of these few tips before you sign those papers!
1. Knowing Whether You Are Ready For A Pet
Adopting a pet means to add a new member to a family, but what many don’t take into consideration is the big responsibility that comes with it. Owning a pet animal means investing in food, grooming services, training and sometimes, treatment. These are just financial considerations, but on top of that, you’d also need to spend a bulk of your time playing and caring for this furry family member.
If you’re not quite sure whether your family is ready for one, you may want to consider fostering! Doing so will give you an excellent insight on whether you are ready for a pet permanently. Giving an animal a temporary home allows you to not only gain first-hand experience on caring for a pet, but you’d also give it an escape route from possible euthanasia.
2. Pet Proof Your Home
Your home is an unfamiliar territory for your new pet. It will naturally explore every corner of your home out of curiosity and as an owner, you need to take steps to pet-proof your home. This means getting rid of items that pose a threat to your pet’s wellbeing, such as small items or toys, loose wires and even houseplants that are poisonous to animals such as tulips, lilies and sago palms. Doing so, you will help your new furry family member to roam free in your home without any worries.
Whilst you’re at it, you may also want to take note of the common foods that may be toxic to animals. For instance, you can’t give dogs a bite out of your chocolate bar as they contain theobromine, which will increase blood flow to the brain and your dog even have seizures as a result. Since they have a different biological system than humans, you can’t simply give them foods willy nilly!
3. Getting To Know Your New Pet
When you first gazed at your new furkid, it must’ve been love at first sight. Your new pet must’ve wormed its way into your heart, or it wouldn’t be your new family member otherwise. That said, rescued pets can be somewhat unpredictable, especially the older ones. It’s natural for these animals to be on the defensive and even aggressive as they each have gone through a significant amount of trauma along the way. So to avoid any harmful accidents, do not leave it with children until it’s comfortable in its new home.
Likewise, try not to introduce it to your other pets the first time around, if you have any. For instance, new dog may not get along with your other dogs, as it might see them as a threat to their resources. If they have never been around a cat, your new pup may even get aggressive.
Thus, keep your pets separated at first and allow interaction to progress naturally. If they’re curious, they’d touch noses and sniff each other briefly before going about their daily routines. If your pets decide to ignore each other, don’t force any contact lest they become violent and aggressive. Instead, start slow by letting them eat at separate spaces before gradually moving their dishes closer to each other. You can also look into switching blankets so that they’d get used to each other’s scent. Let each and everyone get comfortable with the new change and let them do so in their own pace.
4. Giving Your Pet Enough Time To Adjust
Even though you know that your home is a space that’s infinitely more comfortable than a shelter can be, your adopted pet can only register it as an unfamiliar environment. Like many of us, it will have a hard time adjusting and relaxing when placed in a foreign environment. To help it feel more at ease, delegate a space in your home to call its own. It may be a crate at the corner of your living room or even an entire doghouse or cattery, having such a space will give your new pet a sense of comfort during the adjustment period.
With that said, you can follow the 3-3-3 Adjustment Period timeline to ready yourself for what to come. After all, your pet isn’t the only one needs adjusting, you and your family will need it too! According to the 3-3-3 Adjustment Period, it takes 3 days for a pet to overcome the shock and confusion from moving. It’ll then take about 3 weeks for it to adjust to its new life, starting from the new environment, the people and its new routines, boundaries and rules. It’ll then take around 3 months for it to be fully comfortable in its new home. Thus, don’t get too alarmed when it isn’t adjusting as quickly as you thought it would. Give it enough time and it’d settle in the family quite nicely member!
These are just a few tips to ease the entire adoption journey. The shelters in Singapore will give you a brief rundown on what to do and what not to do. However, do check with them whether your new pet has pre-existing health ailments and whether it has been dog-spayed or neutered, if they haven’t already divulged the information. These shelters tend to offer such services but you may want to head down to your local veterinarian to have a full check-up done.
Adopting an animal will have its up and downs, especially for first-timers. That said, your lifetime companion will make the tumultuous journey worth it.