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What to Expect When You Adopt a Pet from Chesed.

Medical concerns: When Chesed receives a pet, it is carefully examined, and whatever vet care is lacking is then provided by our veterinarians.

The basic care includes spay/neuter on all pets over five months old, vaccinations, blood-work, de-worming, micro-chip and grooming.  Since we are one of the few rescues willing to accept pets with expensive medical concerns, our pets may require a specialist’s care prior to adoption.

Chesed addresses those concerns prior to adoption and covers the cost of that care. Those issues may include, heartworm treatment, orthopedic surgery, coronary care, etc. Chesed does not ever knowingly omit a pet’s medical issues when working with an adopter. What we know, you will know.

Adoption Fees:
Adoption fees help offset medical and boarding costs, but do not cover them. It is our responsibility to make sure we have the funding to cover all medical problems, routine or complicated. The adopter pays a standard dog adoption fee ranging from $200-$400, regardless of what was spent on that pet. Most cat adoptions are $75 – $150.

Adopters:
Adopters are screened for the suitability of their home to the pet they are applying for. We expect our adopters to be able and willing to maintain the care of their pet through-out its life-time. Routine care includes, but is not limited to annual exams, heartworm prevention throughout the pet’s life, dental cleanings as needed, and grooming.

Adoption Concerns:
If you have a pet that is not fixed for any reason other than a documented medical condition, we will not adopt a pet to you. We work too hard to ease the problem of pet overpopulation to willingly place a pet in a home where an owner thinks its okay to let their pet reproduce. We do check your vet references, and expect the pets you have to be current on vaccinations, heartworm prevention, and all other basic veterinary care. If you are a first time pet owner we will work with you to insure the adoption is successful, and educate you on the standards of care your pet needs

Behavioral Issues:
Many pets come with unknown histories, but it is obvious they were neglected or abused. We ask our adopters to understand a “nice home” does not erase those issues automatically. Some pets require training and alot of patience. We are happy to recommend trainers or classes.

Puppies:
Puppies need training. We strongly believe a puppy class helps your puppy and you, the adopter to have a successful placement. Puppies cannot train themselves by staying in a crate, or a fenced off area of the kitchen all day. They need alot of socialization with other pets and people, supervision, and patience. Please do not get a puppy, or expect to adopt one from Chesed, if you don’t have the time to train it.
Please do not get a puppy if you expect your child (children) to take care of it.

We get plenty of calls from frustrated pet owners no longer wanting the adorable pup they bought or adopted from a shelter. The pup is usually not so adorable anymore. It is untrained, unsocialized, and now entering the rescue system. Their kids have lost interest, and forgotten the promises they made when they begged for a pet. Remember, a puppy is a helpless dependent that will look to you for all its needs to be met, including companionship. It is a selfish act to bring a pup home if you don’t have enough time, energy, or resources to devote.

It sounds like we are trying to not adopt our pets. Not true. We want our adoptive pets to go to the right home. There are plenty of wonderful homes and we will not settle for less for any of our adoptables.

The best part of our work at Chesed is the look in an animal’s eyes when it is held,
stroked and best of all . . . taken home.

In addition to taking animals out of precarious situations, we strive to educate people on the plight of animals that end up in shelters, through no fault of their own. Before applying for adoption, please consider….
“Do I have the time, patience, resources and love to bring this living creature into my life?”

And please read below:

Most people go into pet “ownership” or guardianship as we prefer to call it, with good intentions. They visualize the family pet they had growing up, or they feel a cuddly puppy will ease their loneliness, or teach their children responsibility. The reality is usually different.
We ask adopters, “Have you had a dog/cat before?” They often answer “Yes, I had them ‘growing up’.”

Reality check # 1:
The family pet of their childhood was cared for by the adults in the household. It is not the same when “you” the adult, have to stand out in the rain first thing in the morning with a puppy that hasn’t grasped the concept of the grass as its toilet. It’s now “you” cleaning up the inevitable “pet messes,” paying for expensive veterinary care, squeezing more work into an all ready busy schedule. When it gets to be too much….a rescue is called or the pet is dropped off at a shelter.

Reality check # 2:
Cuddly puppies need humans that are home, a lot, to train them. Many people think a puppy can sit in a cage for 8-10 hours and be there for the cuddling at the end of the day when they get home from work. Instead, they come home to a frantic puppy, covered in its own mess. The puppy has no concept of how or why it became imprisoned in solitary confinement after being surrounded by the warmth and comfort of its mother and littermates. No other creature beside a human being would impose this cruel sentence. Sadder, a puppy is instinctively a pack animal, most agreeable and secure when surrounded by other living creatures….
Call Rescue or off to the shelter, usually after the pup is past the cute and cuddly stage. It is now a young adult, untrained, unsocialzed, unadoptable, and finding itself in a big jam if dumped at a shelter.

Reality check # 3:
Kids aren’t responsible for pets. They aren’t responsible for themselves! Don’t get a pet unless you want it. Guess what? It will be yours when…the kids are late to school and don’t have time, when the novelty wears off and the promises of “I’ll take care of it” forgotten, when the kid has a million other things that are more important to do. Because kids are …kids. Call Rescue and complain that your kids didn’t uphold their end of the deal. Its their fault. Or easier yet, just dump it at the nearest shelter.

Teach your kids a lesson they will never forget;
Living things are not dispensable and disposable.

As a rescue, we get these calls, week in and out. My kids don’t take care. I didn’t realize how much work. I didn’t realize the puppy would get big. My new boyfriend is allergic. I’m moving, can’t take. Not housebroken. Not friendly. Not the perfect pet I envisioned. All these problems are of course the fault of the pet. Its easier to blame the pet than admit you screwed up, you failed.

When these things happen these pets become the responsibility of the “rescue”. Or they are P.T.S., rescue term for “put to sleep.” Why? There aren’t enough rescues to save all the discarded pets. Most “pets” dropped off in county shelters are P.T.S. Not because there are “heartless” employees there that hate animals. Because there aren’t homes for them. Because you left it there. Because there are people in the dark ages that think it’s okay to let their pets reproduce when millions are P.T.S. in every shelter in every county in this country. Before you let your pet have that “litter”, please spend an afternoon in the euthanasia (P.T.S.) room at your local shelter.

We try to prevent the above situations by carefully screening prospective homes for our pets. Often people have blinders on. They believe it will all work out just because they want the pet they saw on the internet.

The cute one in the picture that doesn’t bark, chew, or pee on carpet. They cannot understand that cute picture has nothing to do with the reality of that pet in their home. Or, they get angry with the volunteer that has patiently spent time explaining why that pet is unsuitable for that person’s lifestyle. Or why we can’t adopt a pet into their home because they refuse to fix the animals they have.

Please consider….do I have the time, patience, resources and love to bring this living creature into my life?

All of our adoptable animals can be viewed at the following links

www.petfinder.com

www.1-800-save-a-pet.com

Click here to fill out an online Adoption Application