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Sandi Paws Rescue is a 100% volunteer,
foster-based dog and cat rescue.
We do not have a shelter location.
Many of us who volunteer in rescue all have at least one rescue dog or cat of our own and we know what terrific pets they can be! Here are some reasons to consider a rescue if you are ready to add a new pet to your family:
The bond is strong
Contrary to the belief that an adult animal cannot bond with a new family, a pet that has been abandoned once is usually eager to become part of a loving pack, where they feel safe and secure, and are likely to act accordingly. We find that rescues are generally eager to please their new owners.
You'll Save a Life
Most dog shelters euthanize dogs. When you adopt a rescue dog, you're saving that dog's life. This is an incredibly rewarding experience.
The Shelter Will Have Room for Another Animal
Not only are you giving a home to one pet, but you may save the life of another by making room in the shelter. Shelters that don't euthanize can only help so many animals before they fill up. When you adopt, they have room for one more.
You'll Sleep Better
It feels good knowing that the pet you just brought into your home is a life that you saved. You won't have to question your decision the way you would if had you bought a pet. You'll know you did the right thing.
My parents always advised me never to buy a used car, because I would just be buying “somebody else’s problems.” Unfortunately, that’s how some people view rescue pets – as pets that weren’t wanted because they had problems and didn’t make good companions.
In the vast majority of cases, that’s just not true! Most dogs and cats who come into rescue are not given up because they were “bad dogs” or have behavioral problems. Unfortunately, many people buy pets without thinking about the time, effort, and expense involved in keeping them. These pets end up in shelters, along the side of the road, or if they’re lucky – in rescue.
In fact, the most common reasons a pet ends up with a rescue organization include the following:
The owners don’t have time for the pet.
The owners find that they can’t afford either basic vet care or the expense involved in treating an illness or injury.
The owner dies or goes into a nursing home.
The owners divorce and neither party can keep the pet. (You would be amazed at how many pets end up in rescue as the result of a divorce!)
A young couple has a child and no longer has time for the pet, or the pet no longer fits into their “lifestyle.”
The owner is moving to an apartment building that doesn’t allow pets.
Another myth is that rescue pets are, by definition, inferior to pets bought from a breeder or pet store. Pets who are rescued came originally from show breeders, pet stores, and hobby breeders – pretty much everywhere.
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