Adopting A Disabled Animal, A Responsible Decision
A disabled animal involves many more responsibilities than another pet. This is because, in addition to requiring routine daily care, such as taking him for walks, cleaning his needs, feeding him, bathing him, playing with him… special care will also be needed due to his limitation.
However, all those who have done the caring and generous act of adopting a disabled animal say they do not regret it. Why? According to them, this is due to the fact that these animals, who have some limitation, are much more loving, tender and grateful than those who do not.
Have you at least thought about the possibility of adopting a disabled animal? Be sure to read this article until the end because we’ll tell you how you can do this.
Adopting a Disabled Animal: Procedures
The procedures for adopting a pet with some kind of limitation are a little different than bringing home a completely healthy pet.
The first step to follow is an adopter-veterinarian meeting. The professional will be able to explain in detail to the adopters what the animal’s limitation is, the cause of it and what kind of care, medicine and other matters the animal may need.
The adopter should listen carefully and evaluate in his mind the time, energy and resources needed, as well as possibly some adjustments that should be made in the home and family. If, after a deep evaluation, the adopter considers himself able and willing to assume this responsibility, as well as the expenses that this implies, just assume the role of “daddy” of his new pet.
Not all cases are like this. Some organizations are already resigned to the fact that they have found someone who says they will take care of the animal. In others, they even offer discounts at veterinary clinics to alleviate the economic burden that a disabled pet is supposed to cause.
Disabled animal at home, what to take into account?
A disabled pet should not be treated the same as one that is not. We’re not talking about having compassion or thinking we can’t touch you for fear of hurting you . What we mean is that a disabled animal has different needs.
Therefore, if you have already been given the “visa” to adopt one, you will have to take into account the following steps so that living together is as pleasant as possible for everyone:
- Give him room. Any animal when it comes home for the first time needs this. Think about how you feel when you go to an unfamiliar place. However, a disabled pet will possibly need a little more time to adapt than you do. Walking around the house, sniffing, seeing every corner… all of this also depending on the type of limitation he has.
- Take into account your limitations. Depending on your new friend’s physical difficulty, you may want to think about how to make his life easier. If, for example, he has a limp and it is difficult for him to go up or down stairs, try to place his toys, bed and bowls in a flat place with no ups and downs. If he’s blind, put all his little things in a space where there isn’t much furniture in between. We are certain that empathy will help you to know how best to help your friend.
- Do not regulate expenses with the veterinarian. It’s possible that your pet may appear to be doing well, but if your vet has told you he needs regular doctor visits, be sure to do so. Your pet’s life depends on it.
- Love, love and more love. This is the key to making any animal happy, whether it has any limitations or not. Although in the case of a disabled pet this is even more true. It is possible that the deficiency that your animal has, was caused by mistreatment, so love will be the best medicine for your afflicted soul.
With a little effort, affection and sincere love, you will be able to enjoy your pet to the fullest and make it a very happy animal.