Before the snow falls and Mother Nature’s fury comes to a halt, you may wish to consider educating yourself on the dangers of living without a sense of self-discipline. This is particularly important if you have pets or other animals that you love. One thing that many people forget or are not aware of is that many animal shelters and rescue groups are adopting out animals just before the season hits. It can be very difficult getting into a shelter during the winter, so if you know someone who has plans to adopt a pet or two before the upcoming winter months, it would be a great idea to let them know how important it is that they plan on taking the pets into their care once the snow falls. If you do this before the storm, you will be able to give the dog or cat an emotional comfort that you know they will appreciate.
You may be wondering what a “vet-pet” is. Basically, it is an adult dog or cat that has been adopted by an animal shelter or rescue group. While most shelters will not allow adoptions during a snow storm, some will allow an adoption to come in during the storm, but they must make an effort to look after the animal or it will have no chance of coming home to its family. That is why it is imperative for those who have animals to check with their local animal shelters ahead of time, as they will know whether or not the storm will hit on time and whether or not the animal shelters will be open for takeovers during that time.
So, what should you be looking for in animal shelters before you plan to bring your beloved pets inside? First, be sure to check the facilities out thoroughly. Many animal shelters will not allow adoptions during a snow storm, so be sure to ask all your questions before bringing the pet in. In particular, be sure that the shelter will accept the animal, even if the weather turns out to be colder than predicted.
Check to see how many pets will be there. If you only need one or two pets, then you can bring only that number. If you are bringing in several pets, then you should ask about whether or not the shelter has any special programs in place for pets during this storm. Some animal shelters will offer spaying and neutering programs in addition to vaccinations and microchip implants. If you have any questions, you can also contact your local animal shelters and ask the operators if they have any information about which animal-care facilities will be available during the storm.
Ask about the procedures used at the animal shelters to treat sick and injured pets. As with any other facility, animal shelters have their own set of rules and procedures for dealing with animals that are ill or injured. You will want to find out what those rules and procedures are ahead of time, as you don’t want to be surprised with your new pet’s condition after it’s been rescued. As with any pet, you should only bring a sick pet to an animal shelter. It’s your responsibility to keep them healthy during the period of their recovery, and then it is up to the animal shelters to care for them until they are ready to be adopted again.
Do your homework to find out what sort of medical treatment the shelter will offer. Many animal shelters treat pets for flea and tick medication along with vitamins and food, but there may also be access to medications for more serious conditions like heartworm. As a courtesy to your pet and your wallet, you should let the pet rescue workers know in advance if your pet needs a vet’s attention. Most shelters do not have an emergency room or emergency veterinary care, so you may need to go to a local veterinary hospital or clinic on a regular basis for your pet’s medical needs.
You should also be aware of where your pet will go during the storm. Many localities have mandatory shelters that can be opened to take in animals left in the road during the storm. If your home is near a storm drain, it could be best to move your pet to a safe location that is not directly in use by traffic before the storm.
When thinking about bringing your dog or cat home during the upcoming storm season, it’s important to consider all of your options. You shouldn’t have to send your pet’s far just to keep them safe. Make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible in their temporary home until they are adoptable again. PETA and other groups like it to be as concerned about pets as you are, so be sure to take advantage of all of the resources at your local pet adoption agency has to offer.