Since the rise of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the adoption of pets has been aided through rescue groups and shelters being able to post biographies as well as photos of the animals. Through this medium, people often unintentionally succeed in finding pets that they like who are needing a home. It is also possible to do international adoptions through several charity organisations and interviews that are online are also possible as well.
With the advent of social media pages, animal rescue groups and shelters are able to find people willing to adopt as more people are exposed to information regarding the animals in need of adoption through online charity networks which they would otherwise not have known about. An organisation called “Dogs and cats of the Dominican Republic” create profiles of strays found there through using mostly online platforms to secure homes for strays. These homes for stray animals are more often than not found overseas after which they are neutered or spayed and then sent by airplane to be collected by the adoptive owner.
After the latest disastrous Japanese earthquake, you can imagine the number of animals who suffered. There have also been some incredible animal rescues after tsunamis which caused havoc with the lives of animals in many places. At times when there is a lot of human suffering, animals needs may be neglected. Under these circumstances, an enormously important role is played by the animal charity rescue groups.
Both veterinarians as well as vet technicians are required by wildlife refuges as well as animal shelters so as to save animals that are injured. To qualify as a veterinarian, a doctor’s degree in veterinary medicine is required as well as a bachelor’s degree in zoology, biology or a similar field. A large number of neuter and spaying operations are carried out by veterinarians who work for animal charity rescue associations and they have to be able to speedily identify and treat diseases which present in the animal shelter residents. Vets are also involved in wildlife initiatives, environmental health programs as well as public education. Vets are assisted by veterinary technicians just as doctors are assisted by nurses.
Rescue groups often assist when animal shelters struggle to home healthy pets as they try to prevent the pet being euthanized by finding a home for it instead. Animal shelters sometimes fill up, then rescue groups attempt to find people who’ll volunteer to take pets into their homes temporarily. There are also certain charity organisations who are involved with assisting elderly animals who might otherwise end up being euthanized due to their age.
The adoption procedure for almost all rescue groups is similar and includes having to complete an application form, holding an interview (telephonic or in person), cross-checking vet references as well as a visit to the home. Generally, rescue organisations are run by volunteers; these charity organisations survive through using adoption fees as well as donations received. Often these adoption fees don’t always cover the large costs incurred during the rescue. These costs can come from the collection of the animal, offering veterinary care, food, neutering and spaying, training as well as vaccinations, etc.