An animal shelter or animal pound is usually an area where abandoned, lost, unwanted, or surplus animals- mainly cats and dogs- are kept. The word “yard” has its origin in the animal shelters of rural communities, where strays or cattle would be presently ensued or impounded before they were reclaimed by their owners. Animal shelters or animal pounds have since spread across the country and are now located in large cities as well as rural areas.
The concept of animal shelters or animal pounds evolved from keeping the animals in barns where they were confined and protected from the elements and bad weather conditions to providing loving homes for unwanted pets that were left without a home. Today, most animal shelters and animal mills have a permanent location where pets can be cared for while their circumstances are resolved. Some shelters and animal mills also provide foster care for pets before adoption.
Nurturing At The Establishments
When animals are brought to these establishments, they are generally neutered, spayed or neutered males and females are treated with no harmful breeding methods unless it is specifically requested by the animal.
Most have the latest technology for cat identification, including microchips and FIV status verification. There are also aviaries or large outdoor spaces where exotic animals, such as snakes, can be tended to safely. Many of these facilities offer a magical environment for pets, as some have featured characters such as Snow White or the Cheshire Cat.
Preparing The Animals
To keep these animals in healthy and quality condition, the shelter will prepare them for adoption by treating them with vaccinations, spaying or neutering them if necessary, and preparing their habitats for the introduction of new pets.
The animals are fed, watered, groomed, and examined often. Many adoptions are complete within hours; others take weeks. Adoption fees are usually non-existent; other fees, including medical treatment, are charged separately by the owners or by the shelter.
Adopting A Pet From The Shelter
One of the things that would really make any prospective animal owner squirm is the thought of adopting a dog from an animal shelter. These animals have either been abandoned by their previous owners, or they have been mistreated.
Either way, they are likely to have behavioral issues, and it is not the fault of the shelter that they came to. They simply try to help an animal to regain its lost happiness. When a potential owner reads that the animal had come from a shelter, he or she begins to imagine what it must be like to have a four-legged companion.
Signing The Contract
People who adopt are asked to sign a contract of commitment. It states that the adopted child will be cared for in return for taking care of the animal. Anyone adopting must promise to pay for spaying or neutering, and bring their own food and water.
Pets need food and water constantly, so it is important to have regular meals. Those adopting can also ask the staff what it takes to care for the magical creatures they will be bringing home. The answers could range from taming them to cleaning their ears.
Pets For Child
Animals at the shelter do get a lot of attention. When a visitor comes to take a look at the dogs, cats, or whatever other magical creature they have come to see, they get a chance to interact with the staff. If a child wants to pet a monkey, the staff member will stop by the visitor’s home and try to teach the child how to care for the monkey.
There are also chances to meet other children who have a similar interest in taking care of these cute and mischievous little animals. That will make for interesting reading for young readers.
Feeling Home Experience For The Pets
A few other things are provided to pets coming from an animal adoption agency. They will get a bag of dog supplies, along with toys and treats, which they will need when they arrive at the farm or pony camp.
The lucky ones (the ones with the best luck) even get to visit the animals before their arrival. Animals at the animal shelter are not used to people and it is easy for them to become scared, nervous, or scared. But, when the visitors come, there is always someone there to show them around and make them feel welcome. They feel at home because someone wants to take care of them.
Anyone who visits an animal shelter is going to find something fun and exciting. Children will love taking pictures of the animals and will have loads of fun learning how to care for one of their own. It will be great fun for parents to get to share some special time with their children and to see their best friends grow and develop. And, it’s all because of a kid’s quest to find his or her best friend.