Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Are you looking for a new best friend? Far too often, many of us overlook the fact that there are countless cats and dogs available for rescue throughout the city. In all my years dealing with animals, I can honestly say that there is no greater joy than hearing from someone who has acquired a pet from an adoption or rescue group. Many people have a fear that these pets come with behavioral issues such as aggression, or poor potty habits. Truth be told, this can indeed be the case, but with the right amount of love and attention, it is quite easy to overcome these obstacles. In fact, you will be putting in the same amount of hours that you would be in training a new puppy! In many instances, there are pets who are already fully trained, but have been abandoned due to unforeseen circumstances. Take for instance Nelly (pictured above), whose elderly owner went to an assisted living facility that does not allow dogs. As a result, Nelly, a very loving, fully trained and housebroken three and a half year old terrier mix, was placed in the care of the Toronto Humane Society. Happily, Nelly has found a new home, and is getting along great with his new brother! Within North Toronto there are several rescue groups such as North Toronto Cat Rescue and Adopt-A-Dog/Save-A-Life who can help you find a new furry friend! Please keep in mind that many of these groups require an adoption application and thorough interview which, in my mind, is integral in "matching up" these needy animals with prospective owners. So next time you are considering an addition to your family, remember that there are so many abandoned and rescued pets who are just waiting to fill your home with love, and in return get the love they so richly deserve.