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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Honeymoon Period Can be Short for Pet Adoptions

If you've ever volunteered at a shelter, you'll understand this plea. If you plan on volunteering in the future, read this. Know about the honeymoon period and be prepared for animals who fall victim to it.

This discussion comes up pretty frequently when you volunteer with an animal welfare organization. It is one of the main reasons animals are returned to shelters in alarming numbers over and over again.

A honeymoon period can exist if you are 18 or 80, have children or don't, are married or not, and causes many round-table discussions among people who are committed to caring for these animals....

The truth is, these animals are not toasters to be traded in for a new model to fit in the new kitchen; not quite your style anymore, so you upgrade. This is my plea to you: Do your research. If you make a commitment to an animal, follow through. If you simply can't, please return the animal to the rescue you received it from. This will prevent heartache all the way around.

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