As a family we have always adopted animals from welfare organisations. Our friends did too. It was just the route my mom had always taken, so it was natural that I did the same. I began my search for a new furry friend to join my family after the death of my late cat in the beginning of 2016, starting with the organisations that I knew, without fully understanding just how incredible these organisations, and others, are and how much more awesome it is to adopt than to buy.
Animal Welfare organisations are groups that are concerned for animal wellbeing, and rescue and re-home abandoned animals. Some have shelters and some work on a foster-home system and some do outreach work in under resourced areas. All do phenomenal work with very little funding.
I began my search with all the organisations that come to mind when one thinks ‘animal welfare’: SPCA, DARG, TEARS and the AACL. Then moved on to smaller, often more specific organisations like Aniwell, African Tails and the Lucky Lucy Foundation, just to name a few. As I delved deeper into the adoption process, I could not believe how much EASIER it is to adopt than to buy. They do pretty much everything for you. All you do is pay an adoption fee and fetch your pet, who has had all the ‘animal owning’ ‘bells and whistles’ one could ask for, without you even having to ask!
The Benefits of Adopting your Animals from Welfare Organizations
Adopt, and save a life, and then another life, and another…
Surely this is obvious. But, many animals get euthanised because many shelters cannot meet the demand of the number of animals requiring shelter. So, when you adopt, you save a life, and you make space in the organization to save another life, and that life gets adopted and so saves another life and so on and so on in a ripple effect.
It will save you money
When one buys an animal, you have to arrange to do and pay for all the tests, vaccinations, sterilisation and de-worming etc) yourself. When you adopt, although organizations differ, they offer some kind of a package for your adoption fee. Many offer a variation or all of the following included in the adoption fee: sterilisation, vaccinations, de-worming treatments, de-fleaing treatments, tests for diseases and micro-chipping. Lastly, animals in shelters receive some form of housebreaking or litter box orientation. That will save you a significant amount of money in the immediate and long-term.
Cute animal photos and videos for all your friends to see and be jealous of
Scroll through my Instagram, it’s a pleasure. And no you can’t have them.
I went in to this process aiming to adopt a single, adult, male, mixed breed cat.
I came home with two, 9 and 10 week old kittens (boy and girl) from two different litters. The only thing I managed to get right was that they were both mixed breeds!
I adopted them both from Raise ‘n Rescue, an organisation that uses Facebook as its primary way of reaching potential families. After each animal is given a name, they get a post with photos and their story on it too. So immediately you can see all your options in front of you. They also keep all their adopted animals albums up on Facebook so you can go see any of the animals when they were up for adoption. Their adoption procedure, like many of the other organisations, is fairly rigorous, however, once you’re over the initial hurdles, it’s smooth sailing. You can read more about their adoption procedure here.
Cleo (previously Lindie) was found on the side of the N1, alone. She was TINY and once we adopted her we discovered she needed a little help with her immune system because she was almost certainly the runt of the litter. Raise ‘n Rescue gave me such great post-adoption support, and really went beyond the call of duty at every chance they got. Cleo is now a round, fluffy ball of health and without the support of the team at Raise ‘n Rescue, she may not be.
Cupid and his litter were handed over to Raise ‘n Rescue by another organisation because they couldn’t stretch their resources to accommodate them. All the other kittens in the litter were fine, except this little white boy with grey spots who had the most appalling burn wound on his tummy and back foot. I knew that if he made it, I wanted him. He was not a particularly attractive kitten but he had a personality and a half and after my first visit, that was it, Signed, sealed, delivered. Cupid is now a healthy, happy, extremely loving boy with zero evidence that he was burnt as a kitten.
Adopting them was the best decision I could have ever made.
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