Before You Rescue A Cat or Dog… Do This


What do you want to think of first when you rescue an animal? First of all, thank you for rescuing an animal. I think it’s awesome that you’re doing that. If you “rescue” an animal from a pet store or from a flee market, you didn’t rescue the animal. You just bought it from somebody who’s gonna sell more. So don’t do that. Go to a rescue. Get the animal there and everybody’ll be happier. Do you want a cat or a dog? That’s the first thing you probably have to think about. With dogs there are a couple of things you need to think about. Lifestyle is number one. What do you want from a dog? What do you want to be doing with this dog? Is it a dog that you’re going to be hiking with? Is it a dog that’s gonna be hanging around your house and just cuddling with you all the time and maybe going out for a couple of walks a day. Is it a dog that you’re going to be using to pick up chicks? I don’t know? For instance, an older person who doesn’t get out and exercise a lot probably does not want to get a puppy that’s super high energy. That’s going to be a bad fit. And nobody’s going to be happy with that. If you have kis you might want to think about getting either a puppy that you can train to be used to kids and being comfortable around kids or if you rescue an adult dog really checking on to make sure this dog is comfortable with kids. Kids aren’t always acting like adults and especially toddlers and little kids they look like just drunk humans and are weird. Dogs don’t like it sometimes. So you gotta be really sure that they’re really comfortable with it. If you have kids it’s a good idea, maybe not to take the kids on the first time. Go and look at the animals first. See what you think might be good and when you go back to visit, another time, take the kids with you. But the more research you can do the better. Probably the second most important thing is to have a game plan for the whole family. Just making sure that all the rules of what you’re going to have this dog be doing everybody agrees on it. Is the dog gonna be all out on the bed? Is the dog gonna be allowed on the couch? Yes or no? Is it going to be living inside? Is it going to be living, once in a while, outside but mostly inside because they should be living inside mostly, especially here where it gets really hot in Southern California. There are a lot of benefits to getting an adult dog versus a puppy. People always like to get the puppies because they are super cute and there’s a lot that you can do as far as training a puppy and socializing it into what you want it to be. However, with an adult dog there are plenty of benefits. Number one, What you see is what you get. Another words, they’re not going to change there personality a whole whole bunch. So you can pretty much know what you’re going to be living with. With a puppy that’s not always true. A lot of adult dogs that you get at the shelter are already trained. I can’t tell you how many times people go bring in a dog and they’re like, “I don’t know it came there and it already knows how to sit and down. And it’s already potty trained.” Third thing is size. You know how big they’re going to be. Sometimes with the puppies, you go to a shelter and you get this little puppy and you’re like, “Oh it’s the cutest little chihuahua puppy” that ends up being 45 pounds. With an adult dog you don’t have that. You know what it’s going to be. With an adult dog, a lot of people are afraid that they’re gonna get this dog and they’re not potty trained. If an adult dog is not potty trained it really doesn’t take it any longer to potty train than it does a puppy. And in fact, probably less time. They pick up on things fast. As soon as you give them the new rules they’re cool with it. I think with rescuing a cat there are probably some different questions you want to ask then with a dog. There are of course, adult versus kitten. and kittens are, of course, adorable but they are more work than adults. Probably the most important thing is how is this cat going to fit into your household. One thing to think about is what cats get adopted more than others. surprisingly color plays into that a lot. And especially black cats. Black cats are adopted much less commonly than other cats. Which I don’t understand why. Black cats are just fine. A lot of people ask me about rescuing animals and behavioral problems in general. Are cats more prone to having behavior problems than dogs? I would say no. A lot of cats There are just too many cats for the the world, at this point. There aren’t enough homes for the cats that we have and they end up at shelters. But the behaviors aren’t necessarily more difficult to train out. A lot of what you do with a cat is going to, as far as dealing with behavior problems is going to be prep work. You want to make sure that you know where this cat is going to be staying and you do everything you can to make sure that that cats new home is going to be a comfortable home for it. Thank you for watching. If you’d like to know what to do with your rescue dog or cat, keep watching.

7 thoughts on “Before You Rescue A Cat or Dog… Do This

  1. If any place you go, they are selling animals it's because their incapable of taking care of it, or they don't want to. Either way you are still exchanging money for an animal. Still have to pay at a shelter at about $120 for a dog, if you go to a rescue group to adopt a pet they charge about $500 for the animal. I see it as doesn't matter where you get your pet from, you are rescuing it, because you are giving it a possibly better life and you do want it.

  2. i have had 2 generations of my cats, it started off with rose and adam, then turned into toto , mulch ,and avery which turned into terry, mang, fang and adam senior

  3. I LOVE your analogy about kids being like drunk adults. I can't tell you how many times that kids & adults will say my cat is not sociable because she high tails it when a small child walks in. I know it's because she can't read the kid in the dance of life where she knows how to protect her tail & the rest of her body. I would love to see more about animals and kids.

  4. What about "retail rescue?" We have a terrible problem with it in OH. People wanting me to take the dog home the day I met it. People wanting me to take a dog home without introducing my resident dog. And NO HOME VISITS. When I went to adopt my Red ACD, I literally, went through 9 different rescues to find a legitimate one. It was terrible. When I went to get another ACD, I threw in the proverbial rescue towel, and purchased an adult from a breeder. (Btw, we do participate in the rescue we got our red from).

  5. And what is the deal with black pets? They match most dress clothes. You can go to work covered in fur, no one is the wiser!

  6. Any tips on rescuing a "stray" cat? I have a cat who spends most of her time in my backyard. I feed her, provide water, brush and play with her, but I'm not 100% sure that she currently or at some point lived with someone. I do TNR when I can, so I know she's not feral. She's also an adult, and I've been looking for months to see if someone reported her missing with no success. How do I make sure I don't adopt someone's potential pet? I've felt around the usual spots for a microchip and didn't feel one.

  7. Last week I had to put down an elder cat I rescued who was a drop off. I tried nuturing her to health but she was such in a bad shape and in pain that it would've been the best for her also considering her age. Breaks my heart and I am guessing that goes the same for you especially working in that field. ??

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