Second Chance – Mason Animal Rescue works hard to find forever homes for unwanted pets in Mason. But providing a forever home for a pet, any pet, is a big commitment and a lot of responsibility.
It is important for potential adopters to think long and hard before making a new dog or cat part of the family. Every cat or dog up for adoption deserves a loving home that will provide for its needs. Not every person whose heart is touched by the idea of an unwanted pet can provide that kind of home.
The front page of Second Chance’s application packet points out that the adorable creature a person wants to adopt might chew on the furniture or wet on the rug or need medical attention or have behavior issues that will need to be addressed. The application also says that adopting a pet is a long term project that could last 10, 15 or even 20 years.
This is not said to discourage pet ownership. A pet can add a lot joy to a person’s life. Watching a kitten scamper after a dried leaf or a puppy play tug of war with a sock will bring a smile to anyone’s face.
But too many of the animals coming into the pound are surrendered because their owners were not prepared to cope with some aspect of pet ownership. This is a sad situation for both the animal and the person. But with some serious forethought and planning this can be avoided. So before taking that cat or dog or hamster or parakeet or goldfish home, stop and consider whether you can provide the forever home that it needs.
Second Chance’s pet of the week this week is Riley, a male Border Collie and Kelpie blend. Riley is about 9 months old and very active. He will need regular exercise and a fenced yard to run in. Riley is friendly but will need some additional training in the basics since he is still just a big puppy. He gets along with other dogs.
If you are interested in learning more about Riley or any of the other dogs and cats available through Second Chance, please visit our website at www.secondchancemason.com or our Facebook page.