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“Rescue Pets” are More Than Today’s Hot Trend

November 19, 2008 by Maria-Elena Cloherty, DVM

Kate Woodviolet of the Los Angeles Pet Rescue Examiner’s article about an emerging fad, “The Rescue Pet” is worth reading for prospective pet owners. She writes,

You’ll find them in the homes of your friends and coworkers, who no doubt love to tell their friends, “This is Ginny…she’s a rescue dog…” then a pause, presumably for the benefit of the Nobel nominating committee.

Animals rescued from shelters are certainly a nice way to adopt a pet for the home. It usually will be more a cost-effective alternative than going to a breeder or pet store. But make sure your heart is in the right place when making this decision.

Woodviolet notes,

Often, but not always, it means the animal was abused. More certainly it means the dog or cat was neglected…

That means that the care and affection required for these pets may be even more difficult. There could be behavioral and psychological challenges as well.

If you or someone you know is considering adopting a pet from a pet shelter, pay attention to the following:

It’s not that rescuing a pet from a shelter would ever be a bad thing, but just remember the responsibilities and expectations of pet ownership never change. Pets don’t think that their adopted families are just today’s hot trend.


Topics: Pet Health, Pet News | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to ““Rescue Pets” are More Than Today’s Hot Trend”

  1. Anand Dhingra Says:
    November 20th, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    2 of our 3 dogs are rescues. They both came with their own set of challenges, but the effort and time put into overcoming them was well worth it.

  2. Online Veterinarian Says:
    November 23rd, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Hi Anand – thanks for the comment and that is fantastic. This piece certainly was not meant to put down the many pet owners who have rescued animals from shelters.

    3 of our 5 are from shelters – and 1 other certainly would have been if we had not intervened ahead of time.

    The key is the understanding that there certainly will be challenges and responsibilities; sometimes more so than in other cases.

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