Things to Know Before Adopting

Thank you for your interest in adopting a rescue dog/cat instead of buying from a backyard breeder. Adopting a puppy or adult from a shelter is a responsible choice, changing the life of that furkid as well as the one that fill his/her place again at the shelter! Please take the time to read the information provided below before making the commitment of adopting a furkid.

Please do understand, adopting a dog is for life. It’s a 10-15 + year commitment, not a few days, weeks or months. Make sure you are ready for this commitment.

A furkid is FOR LIFE!

These rescue and rehabilitated dogs make the best companions because, “He/she will have the intelligence of a Poodle, the loyalty of a Lassie, the bark of a Shepherd, the heart of Saint-Bernard, the spots of a Dalmatian, the size of a Schnauzer and the speed of a Greyhound. A genuine All-South African Mutt has it all!”
It really makes a huge impact especially with shelters over-flowing with unwanted animals; adopting a puppy, kitten or adult from a shelter is a responsible choice, making a life’s difference.

However there are important elements to have in mind before making the commitment of adopting an animal, so please take the time to read carefully the information provided below:

Do you have the time to love and care for an animal?

This includes play, training and simply spending time with him/her. Dogs are social animals and do not do well for long periods alone. Thy can develop behavioral problems if neglected or not trained. Rescued dogs may or may not have had basic training thus they must be afforded the time and understanding with special help to help with issues like separation anxiety or previous abuse.

Can you afford a dog/cat

It’s not just the cost of adoption and food to consider, there are vet fees, medication, flea treatments, emergency vet care etc. There are no guarantees what other type of long term care may be needed i.e. diabetes, cancer or other conditions.

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Are you able to properly home a dog/cat?

Individuals in rental accommodations should verify if their landlords accept pets and ensure they have written permission to own a pet in the home. Consideration should be made before adopting a rescue dog/cat to where it will be allowed in your home and whether there is proper space inside with the family.

Additional information on adopting a rescue animal

Puppies and Kittens

  • Puppies can’t be adopted if they will be left alone at home with no form of human companionship or that of another animal or for more than 4 hours a day. Puppies up to 6 months need to be fed 3 times a day.
  • If you have a pool it has to be enclosed, covered or fenced in to ensure the puppy doesn’t fall in and drown, when puppy is around the pool there must be supervision
  • Puppies have to go to puppy classes as well as socialization classes, obedience training etc. Doing this they may never develop behavioral problems or aggression toward other dogs, people and children.
  • All puppies that are adopted under the age of 6 months must be returned on their due date when 6 months old to be sterilized. Should you choose to have this done by your private vet, proof of sterilization must be send to adoption@lucylucy.org.
  • You must ensure that their vaccinations, de-worming and flea treatments are kept up to date.

Adult Dogs

  • Dogs cannot be adopted as guard dogs. Our rescue dogs are made for families filled with love and affection not cold nights alone barking profusely at strangers to protect your property.
  • Generally we prefer all dogs to become a part of the family and be seen as a family member and thus we can’t see some of our dogs being outside dogs. We do have dogs who independently choose to sleep outside and this is fine but if the dog(s) you choose will sleep outside it has to be in a covered, warm kennel, but they must be allowed inside to bond and be a part of their new family. On thunder storm evenings and when firecrackers are shot or it’s extremely cold outside we prefer them to be inside with you.
  • Adopt only if you can cater for that dog’s specific needs i.e. very energetic and needs to be exercised, walked and run every day, dogs with physical disabilities, health problem etc.

Adult Cats

• Adult cats need their diet altered as they grow older, chat to your vet about any ageing concerns.

• Check out that you are fully aware of having the knowledge needed about Feline Leukemia, Feline AIDS and Feline Enteritis and how important vaccination against these fatal and painful diseases can be avoided.