Tips and Final Considerations
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
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.
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
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
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
We cannot stress the following
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
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.
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
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.
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