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Adopting animals and my own experience

Updated on August 25, 2010

Princess Leia

The importance of giving animals a home

I have decided to dedicate my first hub to focus on the importance of giving animals good homes. I would like to start with recognizing how important this issue is. There are many animals that are in need of a good home whether they are homeless on the street, in shelters, being abused in homes, as well as other places animals await to be adopted.

Giving animals the love and attention they need is very important for their health and can even allow them to live a longer and happier life. Taking in even one animal can make a difference in that animal's life.

Having animals in the house also makes human's healthier. It is a proven fact that having animals in the house lowers the human's blood pressure. This can be by simply sitting down with a cat and stroking it or playing with the dog. There are wonderful benefits for both the animal and the human.

Having animals in the house brings happiness!

Leia likes to cover her eyes when she sleeps.
Leia likes to cover her eyes when she sleeps.

My cat Leia

The following story is completely true and I believe it will open many people's eyes and allow them to respect animals...

I watch my cat Princess Leia sleeping so peacefully like the little princess that she is, in the comfort of her own home. I can tell she feels safe, happy, loved, and has everything she needs. A couple of years ago was not so nice for her though...

Leia is crossing the street with another cat, sadly the other cat is struck by a car and killed. An employee from a local shelter happens to be driving down a street where he sees a cat (Leia) standing over the cat who has been killed to make sure he or she does not get hit again. The employee pulls over and scoops up both cats to take to the vet.

Leia is now examined by the vet and is ready to be put into a local shelter to be put up for adoption. Many people go into the shelter and meet Leia and consider adopting her, however, Leia is very shy towards strangers so they all move on to look at other cats. My mom one day is searching online looking for a cat or a dog for me and my sister when she comes across a cat they have under the name of Chance. My mom reads this brave little cat's story and later tells my sister and I the story. We all agree that adopting her is a must because we not only wanted to rescue an animal, but we wanted to give this cat a happy and loving home. I have class this day so my mom calls the shelter to ask if they can hold the cat for us, however, they say that they can't. So I sit in class anxious to get to the shelter hoping no one has taken little Chance. So when my class is over, my mom picks me up and we go straight to the shelter.

We now arrive at the shelter and ask for the cat Chance. We are taken into a room with several cats. One of the employees searches for Chance soon to find her sleeping under a sink all by herself. She then steps outside to meet us and gives a big stretch (the same one I see everytime she wakes up). She then goes to eat and then comes to meet us.

So now Leia comes out into the main area where we play with her and put her on our laps to pet her and get her used to us. She then becomes frightened by the sound of barking dogs and runs to hide under some cages. So my sister and I show her a toy and after a few minutes she comes back out to play. My mom then says to me and my sister, "there's no way we are leaving without her are we?" and we laugh and say "no there's not". So it is then where my mom signs the check and they put Chance in a box so we can take her home.

As we walk out of the shelter, the box that the newly adopted kitty is in moves frantically and my mom starts thinking we brought home some sort of wild creature lol. We then place Chance in the car and she seems to be freaking out a bit. At this point I feel so bad and just want to let her out of the box but we were told by the employees at the shelter not to open the box in the car.

To make matters worse, we don't have the proper items that a cat needs in our house so we drive to a pet store and me and my sister wait in the car while our mom runs in to pick everything up. Once this is accomplished, we head home.

Now we enter our home and finally open up the box to let Chance out. She quickly jumps out and begins exploring the whole house. We play with her and decide that she looks like a Princess Leia and that we would name her that because of her bravery (since she was never called Chance at the shelter, we were able to change her name). Chance is now her middle name.

That night, we all sleep downstairs with her. After my mom previously said she could not go on the couches, she chooses a comfy spot right on top of the couch to sleep for the night (she loves to walk on top of the couches!). That night she didn't sleep too well for the fact that she opened her eyes with every little noise she heard. But slowly during the night, she moved closer to my mom who slept on the same couch as her. It was so nice to see how she was starting to trust us as her new family. For the next few days she slept so much (almost all day!). We actually started to get a little nervous so we called the vet. They told us that after being on the streets and in the shelter, she has not been able to get much sleep so now that she is comfortable and feels safe in her new home, she is nice and relaxed and wants to get her sleep.

Within a week she was running around playing so happily and that's how she is today. As I finish this, she is playing with my sister. I love my little girl so much and I am so happy we were able to give her a nice loving home where she can be safe and happy!

Things to remember when adopting a pet

I must note that adopting or buying pets requires a good amount of attention and care. One cannot just take an animal into their home and not be there for it. The following are important tips to taking good care of your pet.

  • When first getting a pet (especially adopting), be sure to take the animal to the vet's office at least a few days after the adoption. This is to make sure the animal is healthy and for any questions you may have.
  • Keep an eye out for any type of illness the animal may develop during the first few days after adoption. Due to other contagious animals at the shelter or to the change in environment, the animal is likely to develop a cold or infection, ex: eye or ear infection. This occurs because of the change in temperature and the animal being exposed to different types of germs and bacteria so it is important to look for any symptom including teary eyes, runny nose, infected ears, or any other symptoms that look suspicious. If you notice any one of these symptoms, take your pet to the vet right away so the animal can be put on anti-biotics.
  • Make sure the proper amount of food and water is offered to your pet. Asking the shelter or vet how often your animal should be fed is very important. The animal should not have to be hungry and water should always be around for the animal!
  • Watch what you feed your pet! Yes, it is very common for animals to beg to eat "human food", however, it is important to note that some foods can be incredibly damaging to animals. As bad as you may feel not giving it to him or her, some foods contain ingredients that can lead to a serious illness or even death. So before giving "human food" to your pet, please consult a veterinarian to see what types of foods your pet can have.
  • It is very common for animals to gain weight after adoption. Animals in shelters or on the streets do not eat as much as they would at home; this is because they share with other animals and not a whole lot of food is offered to them. Gaining a pound or two is not a big deal, however, watch out for animal obesity! If an animal is too heavy, it is bad for the animal's heart as well as the pressure on it's joints which leads to early arthritis.
  • Keep the animal active. This goes for both mind and body. Keeping an animal at a healthy weight helps them greatly. It allows them to move around a lot easier and does not lead to health problems. Watch if your pet is under or over weight. Also, keeping your pet's brain active is important. Animals can become depressed if left ignored so playing games with them that keep them focused is very good for them.
  • Show them love, care, and respect. Animals do have feelings and can love and care about us, so show them love and care back. Your pet is now a part of the family and deserves to be treated like one. Never neglect! After all, many animals are known to come cuddle up next to you when you don't feel well or give you kisses while bonding. You both have so much to be thankful for!

I hope I was able to encourage you to think about taking an animal into your home! I wish you good luck in doing so and a happy life together!


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    • Zannie10 profile image

      Zannie10 7 years ago

      Thank you so much!! I appreciate your kind words :)

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks for share about this for us. I love cat. Your cat so beautiful and cute. I never thought in adopting animal before. But you give us well explanation about that. I love this hub. Vote this up.


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      Zannie10 7 years ago

      I love Leia too!! Thanks for reading! :)

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      Missy 7 years ago

      I love Leia!! It is always important to make adoption your first option and to make a difference in the lives of animals.

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      Zannie10 7 years ago

      Thank you so much bayoulady!

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Zannie10 Your new baby is adorable. Here is wishing you many happy years!

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      Zannie10 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for everything!! And thank you for helping me get started with this! :)

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      kaltopsyd 7 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      Leila is so adorable! I'm glad your family adopted her. You know what else I'm glad for? I'm your first follower, commenter and rater. Hehe. Voted up, awesome AND beautiful. Good luck on HubPages and congratulations on your first Hub!

      Great tips for adopting pets, by the way.