by Madison Fitzpatrick
Choosing a pet can be a difficult choice, but choosing where to get it could make all the difference, and not just to the animal chosen.
Hamilton SPCA adoption associate Heather Ashcroft says there are many benefits to adopting a pet.
“You are providing animals with a loving, warm home, food to eat and medical care when sick,” she said. “By adopting a pet from the SPCA you are making room for another pet to be taken in, seen by a vet and then adopted out, allowing the cycle of rescue and adoption to continue.”
Instead of purchasing an animal from a pet store or websites such as Kijiji, Ashcroft says adopting actually saves adopters money.
“Generally, rescues adopt out animals that have all their medical care up to date including spay/neuter, microchip, vaccines, deworming, flea treatment and heartworm prevention, saving you hundreds of dollars in veterinary expenses,” she said.
The HSPCA find its animals from all over. It takes animals from Hamilton Animal Services, owner surrenders, and from its protection department. The HSPCA conducted about 2,000 adoptions last year.
Alycia Marie, who has adopted two dogs and a cat, says every animal deserves to have an amazing life.
“Just because they don’t work for one family doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a good home,” she said. “I truly believe the animal picks you.”
Christine Taylor has adopted three cats from the Burlington Humane Society and the HSPCA.
“My family has always liked to adopt because it just feels right,” she said. “Lots of people buy kittens and then cats are left alone at the shelter and that just breaks my heart.”
The HSPCA has a wide variety of animals available for adoption including cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, gerbils, hedgehogs, and ferrets.
The process is simple. First, see an animal you would like to adopt. Second, fill out the “Meet Your Match Survey” to evaluate if you would be a good match. Third, spend time with the animal, and lastly, adopt.
Ashcroft says a good candidate is a person who has researched what it will mean to be responsible for a pet’s well being and knows the costs associated with pet ownership.
“Being a pet owner is a big responsibility and not something that should be taken lightly,” said Ashcroft. “You are responsible for that pet’s health, well-being and happiness.”
“It has been shown that owning a pet can be very beneficial to your health,” added Ashcroft. “It can greatly reduce stress and improve mood. It’s a win-win.”
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