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How to tell if that rescue animal is "The One for You"?

The hardest part about adopting a new rescue cat/dog is knowing whether they are “the one for you”.

If you have ever been to an animal shelter, then you will know that when all eyes are on you, knowing who to take home is quite the conundrum.

If your head is spinning over who is the right rescued pet for you, then check out the following tips to help you decide:

1. Know Yourself – First things first, what exactly are you looking for in a pet? Do you want someone who will hang out on the couch with you and watch the latest TV, or do you want someone who will tag along on your daily jog? Other important aspects to consider is how much time you can devote to them, whether you have the space to accommodate someone of their size and if your budget can support all their needs. PPAR has adoption documents that will help make sure you have all bases covered.

2. “Interview” Potential Candidates – Take your time to learn all you can about any potential candidates. Ask plenty of questions about their history, personality and individual needs. A good shelter will take the time to help guide you in your search and find you a suitable match. Do not be offended by the screening questions, and the scrutiny on your intentions and/or experience. After all, rescuers and volunteers deeply care about their rescues and want to ensure they find safe, loving, forever homes where everyone will be happy.

3. One on One Time – Once you’ve identified your favorite pet, take them out of their crate and spend some quality one on one time with them. Getting up close and personal with your selected rescue animal is a luxury that not all shelters can offer, but if you do have the chance, then be sure to take full advantage of it. Pet them, feed them and indulge in a little play time and see how you get along together.

4. Love at First Sight – We all know what it feels like when we meet someone for the first time and we just connect. Well, it is the same with animals. Sometimes all it takes to find your “purrfect” match is looking directly into their eyes and falling head over heals in love. With that being said, sometimes you need to put your heart on hold and use your head, which is why the next tip is absolutely essential.

5. Sleep on It – Whatever you do, never adopt an animal impulsively because you may regret it. Your new rescue cat or dog is going to be a lifelong commitment and you need to ensure you can provide the loving and nurturing home that they deserve. Even if you have followed all the above tips and you feel 100% sure that you have found “the one”, go home and sleep on it. Detracting yourself from the environment can make a huge difference to your thought process, allowing you to clearly consider everything involved. Do not worry, your furry friend will still be there in the morning.

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