Adopting a shelter cat?
It’s that time of year again. June is national Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month, as litters of spring babies were recently born and are now in need of a forever home. Before you go running out to your local shelter to pick your new furry best friend, a shelter veterinarian gives some tips on what people should keep in mind before adopting an animal.
Dr. Bob Weedon is a shelter veterinarian at the Champaign County Humane Society as well as the faculty member who oversees the shelter medicine program at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana. He says before adopting an animal, you should thoroughly think through the ramifications of adoption.
“Adopting a pet is not an impulse decision. Irresponsible acquisition of a pet contributes to the number of animals being relinquished to shelters,” Weedon said. “Proper planning will significantly improve the chances that an adopted pet will become a lifelong member of its new household.”
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