Katy Nelson, special to wtop.com
WASHINGTON – Anyone who has ever lost a pet has experienced the “I may not ever adopt again” phenomenon.
I certainly felt this way last May when my little old dog Stanley passed away suddenly. I was devastated by his loss and unsure if I could handle adopting another dog again, especially any time soon.
However, with the type of job I have, and with as many adoptable pets as I come into contact with every week, I knew that eventually I would probably cave in, but it would have to be just the right fit. Well, that right fit came along this past weekend in the form of Eddie from Mutts Matter Rescue and PetFinder.
Eddie has an extraordinary rescue story, as do so many other pets out there. He was found with multiple other dogs in wire cages living in the basement of a crack house. Poor little Eddie was so matted with feces and urine that the shelter had to completely shave him down, resulting in full body razor burn and skin infections. After a little medicine and lots of TLC, he and many of his fellow housemates were taken in by rescues and have since found happy homes.
Eddie now has a loving home, but I had so many questions for the foster family and the rescuers before I decided to adopt him. I’ve done this before, and my kids and my other dog have been through this, so I knew what to ask and what to expect.
However, for my readers and viewers out there who are thinking of adopting for the first time, or for the first time in a long time, there are some things you should find out before you bring a pet into your household.
Any information that you can gather on the pet you’re considering adopting is extremely helpful. Save any written information that comes with the pet, especially any health records, notes from former owners or from the shelter/rescue. Create a file to save all of this information, or scan it into your computer. You just never know when this information may come in handy.
Here’s my list of questions that you should ask prior to adopting a new pet:
Of course there are always more questions, but this should give you a good starting point when beginning the adoption process.
Want to know what to do when you finally get them home? Check back next week for a continuation of this topic!
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