Adopting dogs and cats these days has become fairly commonplace. In fact, in many instances, pet owners consider it preferable to seeking out a pedigree. There are many reasons for this, but primarily adoption helps reduce the the number of abused cats and dogs that potentially could be euthanized each year.
Adoption Sources and Models
Venues for adoptable pets are animal shelters and rescue groups. Some of these organizations award adopters ownership of a pet, while others use a guardianship model wherein the organization retains some control over the animal's future care.
Another consideration is online pet adoption. These sites have databases of pets being housed by thousands of animal shelters and rescue groups, and are searchable by the public. They include Petfinder.org, Let's Adopt and Adopt-a-Pet.com.
Consider Remote Adoption
Another option is to adopt wildlife remotely. The Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Long Island is one such consideraiton. The 300-acre non-profit is a nature preserve that is home to diverse wildlife including the permanently injured who need ongoing human care to survive.
The Center’s adoption model allows you to adopt your favorite animal with a tax-deductible donation. This allows the Refuge’s staff to use your tax-deductible donation to enhance your animal’s dwelling space, provide nutritious foods, and assist with their veterinary procedures and preventative treatments.
Adoption fees range from $45 per month for a ‘friends’ package to $350 per year for ‘guardian’ status. These programs ensure your animal lives out a safe and happy life, devoid of threats from outside forces such as poachers and predators. It includes a certificate of adoption, your name [as the adopter] on the the preserve's Adoption Tree and a matted photograph of your pet, with their bio and fact sheet.
Consider the most vulnerable . . .
Currently in residence, there is a one-winged American bald eagle and an owl that’s nearly as blind as a bat. In fact, much of the wildlife up for your consideration are those who need the most help physically — particularly those who would experience the most harm, if released back in the wild. For instance, the eagle had its right wing amputated after being shot by a hunter.
“Some of them were injured by cars. Others were kept as pets illegally, and that’s why they are here, because they are so habituated to people they wouldn’t be able to survive in the wild,” noted Cara Fernandes, environmental educator at the refuge.
“Because they are wild animals and are here for the rest of their lives, we try to provide them with the best enclosures, the best food for them, vitamins and all of that, just so that they’re living their best life here,” added Fernandes.
So might you consider wildlife as an adoption option. Let us know your thoughts and whether or not your are currently involved with this type of adoption, readers? Love to hear about your experiences?
Primary Source: Quogue Wildlife Refuge