DALLAS (April 17, 2017) – Operation Kindness – North Texas’ original and largest no-kill animal shelter – is on a mission to inform North Texans of the best tips and tricks of pet adoption to encourage potential adopters to bring home a furry friend in honor of National Adopt a Pet Month in April.
Adding a furry friend to the family is a big decision and is one that all members of the family should take part in,” says Jim Hanophy, CEO of Operation Kindness. “Specifically, the main caregiver should be involved in selecting their pet. This helps ensure that the person is invested in and prepared for the responsibilities involved, and it allows pet and owner to start bonding right away.”
There are many things to keep in mind when making the decision to adopt including cost, size, breed and grooming habits. For example, some dog and cat breeds require more grooming or exercise than others; some are better with children than others; and some are more adaptable to change. Before adopting, people should think about their family’s lifestyle and make sure the pet is a good fit. Keep in mind the age of the pet. Kittens and puppies generally have more energy and need to play more often than adults. If the person adopting does not have enough time or energy to commit to playtime, then that person may prefer a more mature cat or dog.
Whenever adopting a pet, an owner-to-be must think about supplies and expenses needed for their future family member. Many people do not realize the quality of pets available for adoption at shelters including purebreds that might otherwise cost a fortune from a breeder or pet store. Adoption is a great avenue for people who want to save money, but most importantly, save a life. Common expenses include food, bowls, treats, litter boxes, bedding, crates, collars, leashes and toys. It is also a good idea to budget for medical expenses. Though some believe it is true, shelter pets are not necessarily more expensive than others when it comes to medical costs.
Some pets’ medical expenses are covered even before adoption, depending on the facility. Animals available for adoption at Operation Kindness will receive a health exam, heartworm testing, spay or neuter, vaccines, and microchip their animals, all included in the adoption fee. It is important to research if a facility includes health care in its adoption fee. Microchipping is usually a good idea, even if it is not included in the adoption fee. One in three pets will go missing in their lifetime. A collar with an ID tag is a must, and the microchip is a nice backup option if the pet loses its tag.
Many organizations have limited space and many animals to care for. On average, Operation Kindness has more than 300 animals under their care at the shelter with an additional 100-150 placed in foster homes. There are certain cats or dogs who are better in a home setting than in a kennel. For this reason, many shelters and rescue groups seek foster, or temporary, families for animals in their care.
By fostering, families can try out having an animal in their home to see if it is a good fit for their lifestyle and household. If someone is unsure about what animal to adopt, many shelters have cats, dogs, kittens and puppies available for foster programs. To relieve the financial burden, Operation Kindness provides pet supplies and food to foster families.
It’s important to keep in mind that a pet may behave differently in your home than at the foster’s home. A new environment causes stress, and the dog may pee to make the new surroundings his own. Or he may experience separation anxiety. Know that you’re taking home a relative unknown. You need to learn about your new friend, and he needs to learn about you.
Since its inception, Operation Kindness has saved nearly 90,000 cats and dogs. The process to adopting a pet from the no-kill shelter is simple and easy. There are a wide variety of dogs and cats of different breeds, ages, colors, needs and energy levels. Potential pet parents fill out an application, go through a pet introduction to their potential new family member, and then adopt an animal. Operation Kindness makes the pet adoption process enjoyable and memorable for every pet parent. Their mission is to unite pets with their perfect forever family. Though adopting a pet may seem daunting, in the end, every step of the process is worth the reward of receiving a new family member.
Founded in 1976, Operation Kindness is the original and largest no-kill shelter in North Texas. Its mission is to care for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until each is adopted into responsible homes and to advocate humane values and behavior. In 2016, Operation Kindness celebrated their 40th anniversary and their achievement of saving more than 90,000 animals since their inception. Annually the shelter assists more than 5,000 dogs and cats, caring for an average of 300 animals daily with another 100-150 animals in foster homes.
Join Operation Kindness in their mission to care for homeless animals by becoming a member of the Happy Tails Society. This group of dedicated friends provides a monthly gift to help pay for the medical care, medicine, food, shelter, nurturing and behavior training the pets need to have a second chance at life. Learn more about Operation Kindness at http://www.OperationKindness.org or on Facebook.