Last updated: 28 Oct, 2020
Published on: 30 Jul, 2014
How to choose the right rescue group
When you’re adopting a pet, it’s important to find a rescue group or shelter you trust and feel comfortable with. But how can you make sure you make the right choice? Here are four signs to look for:
They are willing and happy to spend time discussing your requirements, lifestyle and expectations, addressing your concerns and answering any questions you have. They should also be open to offering pet advice, in case you need it after you adopt.
They demonstrate a genuine interest in the life-long welfare of their animals. Read your adoption contract and make sure it includes a clause that you can return the pet to them if the adoption doesn’t work out for you and your family.
3. Attention to detail
They have an in-depth adoption screening process. While it can be intimidating to have a stranger ask personal questions, the more open you are with the group, the better equipped they’ll be to match you with the right pet. It’s also a great opportunity for you to screen the rescue group.
Most importantly, they should be committed to desexing their animals. If the group is willing to give you a pet of breeding age that has not been desexed, that’s a sure sign they are not a reputable organisation. Do not do business with them.
To find rescue groups in your community, search the Rescue Directory. Or for more information about the different types of rescue groups, check out What’s the difference between a pound, shelter and rescue?