- Oct 31, 2008I vote for naming him "Pat" after the Saturday Night Live character of
undetermined gender : ) And thank you for giving the fat old thing a
loving home! It is really hard seeing all the homeless animals here.
If anyone else is thinking about getting a pet, be it a dog, cat or
gecko, here are some things to think about -
1) Be Heroic.
Adopt your next animal companion from a shelter or rescue group. You
will be saving an animal whose life literally depends on getting a new
2) Be Committed.
Know the commitment when you bring an animal into your family, and
follow through on it. Your animal companion is utterly dependant on
you for his health and well-being. Commit to providing the care he
needs, to working through any problems, and to being his guardian for
his entire life.
3) Be Smart.
Before you adopt an animal, take the time to learn so you can make a
good choice. Different types of animals and breeds have different
needs - make sure you know enough to choose an animal who will be
compatible with you and your lifestyle.
4) Be Responsible.
There are already more animals than homes available. Spay or neuter
your animals so they don't add even more to the staggering animal
5) Be Identified.
Millions of animals become lost each year and never make it back home.
Make sure your animal is always carrying your contact information, via
an ID tag (which is easy for anyone to use) and a microchip (which is
6) Be Prepared.
Make plans now for your animals' care should something happen to you.
Many animals are in shelters because their guardians did not make such
7) Be a Role Model.
Always demonstrate responsible and loving animal care, so that others
will want to do the same.
8) Be a Supporter.
Even if you can't adopt, volunteer, donate, and support your local
animal shelter or rescue group, especially their programs that educate
the community and prevent animals from becoming homeless and even
needing to be in the shelter. These programs save lives.
9) Be a Teacher.
Many good-hearted people simply don't know about the homeless animal
tragedy or how to deal with it, and would help if only they understood
how their actions impacted the situation. Help spread the word; speak
up and speak out for homeless animals.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the
way its animals are treated." ~Mohandas Gandhi
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