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Important Tips and Final Considerations

Finding a home for your unwanted pet

If you are no longer able to provide the attention and care your pet needs then get in touch with a registered animal re-homing charity*. They will provide all the help you'll need to find a new loving home for your pet. A good re-homing organization will only pass on an animal to new owners who are clearly able to provide all the love and care it needs. Only in rare and hopeless circumstances would a very elderly and sick animal be put down. In fact, most of the time animal sanctuaries will keep the animal themselves rather than take such drastic steps.
Many animal sanctuaries have a no kill policy, however the UK's RSPCA for example do NOT have a no kill policy. We recommend you search carefully for an established re-homing organization in your area.
Do not under any circumstances try and pass the animal on to friends or family. Statistics show that an animal burdened on unsuspecting people - who would otherwise not have been considering a pet - is more likely to become neglected. Even if that's not the case in your situation, it's simply ignorant to pass on a "pet burden" to others. Besides this, personal emotions which can cloud judgement means friends and family cannot be clearly assessed as to whether they are indeed competent animal carers themselves.
So bear in mind, that simply fobbing off your pet to family etc. is a sure sign of your own irresponsible care. Your request for help plays on the conscience of those you involve - who ultimately feel obliged to help out. This may not be a good solution for both the animal and the people you involve. You alone are responsible for taking the right measures.
Remember, if you have to re-home your pet, consult a registered re-homing charity with a no-kill policy ... that is the responsible route.

*If you need more information on animal re-homing please check our:
Global Charities Directory or Vegetarian, Animal and Conservation Directory.

Choosing a pet from a rescue organisation

Even a rescue organization may not consider the finer details of location matching a rescued animal for adoption. Although many will use their initiative to make sure the match is suitable, there are aspects which must be addressed to ensure the safety of the animal.
AtLooking-Glass we often hear of cats in particular, adopted from rescue organizations who have fallen victim to road accidents within a short space of time. A cat who has previously been bought up in an environment away from traffic hazards will be unwise to the dangers of roads. This why we suggest that if you are choosing a cat or dog from a rescue centre, find out its history (if any) as regards to its former living environment. If it has been brought up with open access to roads and traffic it will be far more likely to have wised up to the dangers. If not, and the animal is exposed to such a danger it will simply not recognize the consequences of an approaching vehicle while wandering across an expanse of tarmac, which they don't even understand as being a "road". So ask questions at your rescue centre ... Is the animal "road aware" due to its previous home surroundings? Is the animal "height-aware"? In other words is your home near high rocks, cliffs or even aspects of high buildings with long drops? Is the animal "noise-aware"? In other words, are you bringing an elderly animal into a noisy environment. Is it "child-aware" etc. Most of these aspects will be taken into consideration by the rescue organization, but we must stress that "road aware" is not often considered, and we wish to make rescue organizations aware that such an aspect of the animal's well-being must be noted as part of each adoption.
But, as we have mentioned in this section, if you have a companion animal make sure that you make it is hard as possible for the animal to find its way to the roads near your house ... and never let it out the front door. Allow it to establish its territory within a safe distance from roads
(more here)

*If you need more information on animal re-homing please check our:
Global Charities Directory or Vegetarian, Animal and Conservation Directory.

Keeping Birds.

Quite simply, VeggieGlobal and Looking-Glass strongly disagree with keeping any kind of bird in a cage. If you had wings and your purpose of life was to fly, often thousands of miles each year, how would you like to be trapped in a wired metal box only a few centimeters wide? If you respect animals and their natural environments, you will understand that caging birds as pets is unacceptable.
If you want to take pleasure from birds then make your own backyard a bird friendly environment by putting nesting boxes and feeders out.
(see the
UK Section in Wildlife Care for some important tips about feeding birdlife)
As already mentioned, we recommend that you refrain from buying animals from pet stores. Looking-Glass and VeggieGlobal are against the commercial sale of animals. Use regulated re-homing shelters to acquire a suitable pet *. Cats and dogs are breeds of animals which have interacted with humans domestically over thousands of years. And so these companion animals are quite happy to live amongst us when they are generally free to roam and create sufficient territory for themselves.
But exotic animal species will never be suited to captivity - and should therefore never be bought as "pets".
However much space you provide most exotic species; it is simply never enough to compare with their natural habitat, which can cover many square kilometres or more.
Above all, the trafficking of exotic species is illegal and such animals are being driven into extinction because of this black-market trade.
Please remember ... birds are meant to fly free ... not to be caged up.


We cannot stress the following points enough:
Think ...
Never take on the ownership of a companion animal whimsically. Animal ownership requires the right balance of location, exterior and interior environment and your dedicated responsibility to make the human -animal relationship work.
If for any reason you are no longer able to provide the attention and care your animal needs, then please get in touch with a reputable registered animal re-homing charity*. They will provide all the help you'll need to find a loving home for him or her.
Think ...
It's a sad fact that many "pet" owners display a disproportionate view on animal welfare; pampering their own companion animals with little or no thought for those fighting for their lives in the wild. If you are a cat owner, take responsibility for it. A cat's instinct is to kill, and it switches into this mode as soon as he or she is left alone in a garden. Particularly during bird breeding season you must take extra precautions to stop your cat from killing fledgelings, which drop to the ground after flying from the nest for the first time. Your cat will take instant interest in these helpless baby birds. If you hear a lot of bird activity in your garden you can be sure it is the parents of fledglings and the fledglings themselves calling out for each other. If you suddenly hear a commotion of loud bird calling it is often because a cat is on the prowl. Keep your cat away from this activity and don't be tempted to explore the source of the noise yourself as you may frighten the parents away from their babies. (Only if you think a young bird has been injured should you explore further - see more here)
When you are at home keep an eye of your cat's whereabouts as much as possible - and if you go out, keep the animal indoors whenever you can. If a cat is meowing to be let out, there are only usually three reasons ... to go to the toilet, explore its territory for other cats, and more often than no, to hunt. With around 300 million garden birds being killed by cats each year in the UK alone ... and many of these species on the endangered list, it is now more important than ever that you take full responsibility for your cat's actions.

*If you need more information on animal re-homing please check our:
Global Charities Directory or Vegetarian, Animal and Conservation Directory.

**For more information on Wildlife Care in your back yard please visit our:
Care for Your Local Wildlife Across the World


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