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Moscow Animals Advice Center


 
Caring For Your Animals

Animals are a lifelong commitment, and it is vitally important to think of the consequences before you adopt one into your home. Here are some pointers to start you thinking.

Adopting a Dog
Puppy
Puppies can look really cute, BUT

  • They will grow up and may live to 16 years old.
  • They require a lot of time, commitment and energy.
  • They need to be house trained, socialized, and exercised!
  • They love human company, and can pine when left alone.
  • They have to be taken for walks several times a day - rain or shine.
  • Don't forget they need to be fed a healthy diet too!
  • They need regular de-fleaing and worming, and they can get sick and need veterinary attention during their life.

Taking on a dog is very time consuming. Dogs require a lot of attention. Could you spend the time with them that they need? Could you cover the costs of food and vet bills? If you are part of a family, will the rest of the family be happy to share in the responsibilities of looking after the dog or will they become bored?

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Adopting a Cat
Kitten
Kittens can look really cute, BUT

  • Cats have a life expectancy of between 16-18 years.

  • They require a lot of time, commitment and energy.

  • They need to be fed a balanced diet to keep them healthy.

  • They like company and can get bored or destructive when left alone for extended periods. Having two cats (or a cat and a dog) will usually do the trick ...

  • They require regular de-fleaing and worming - and may get sick and require veterinary attention.

Taking on a cat is very time consuming. They require a lot of attention. Could you spend the time with them that they need? Could you cover the costs of food and vet bills? If you are part of a family, will the rest of the family be happy to share in the responsibilities of looking after the cat or will they become bored?

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Adopting a Rabbit
Rabbit
While we only rarely have rabbits for adoption through this site, we still feel that we should offer some basic advice as they are frequently kept in unsuitable conditions and suffer because of it.

Rabbits can look really cute, BUT

  • They require a lot of time, commitment and energy.

  • They are social animals that prefer to live in groups.

  • Rabbits need a varied diet to keep them fit and healthy. This is especially important because their teeth are continuously growing and the wrong diet could result in their teeth becoming overgrown and painful. Overgrown teeth prohibit rabbits from eating.

  • They should not be kept in a small hutch without access to grass and open space.

Taking on a rabbit is time consuming. They require a lot of attention. Could you spend the time with them that they need? Could you cover the costs of food and vet bills? If you are part of a family, will the rest of the family be happy to share in the responsibilities of looking after the rabbit or will they become bored?

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Some reasons why people give up their animals

To help you make a decision about whether to adopt an animal please consider the following reasons why people give up their pets. Ask yourself if one of these reasons could apply to you......

  1. Long term commitment
  2. Moving
  3. Health problems (e.g., allergies)
  4. Vet fees
  5. Flea infestation
  6. Killing wildlife
  7. Too much exercise and attention required
  8. Unsuitable environment for the animal
  9. Children and existing animals not getting on with new animal
  10. Can't afford to keep
  11. Boredom
  12. Relationship problems
  13. Moulting
  14. House training
  15. Death of a loved one
  16. Pregnancy
  17. Can't cope