Spending so much time at home makes the idea of finding a new companion seem like a pleasant way to pass the time. There’s plenty of talk on social media and between friends and family members about the value a cat or dog would add to our lives during the stay at home order.
Bringing home a new pet is exciting, and animals bring so much joy and companionship into our lives. At a time where so many of us feel anxious, worried, confused, the prospect of a new puppy or kitten seems like the right antidote to what’s happening in the world.
While adopting a dog or cat is the best way to add an animal to your family, it’s important to take time to think about what that means both for you and the animal during this unprecedented time.
First, getting a puppy from an adoption centre or reputable breeder will be not only challenging but highly unlikely in all but exceptional circumstances.
Many rehoming centres in Ireland, including the ISPCA and its affiliated local organisations, are closed to the public for the foreseeable future.
The government’s advice on travel means breeders must also stay at home. Hopefully, in a few weeks when the restrictions are lifted, it will be possible to begin rehoming animals.
But for the moment, it seems that adoptions or buying from a breeder are rightfully on pause.
Think about whether you can provide for a new pet
Once given the all-clear, rehoming is likely to begin again. Even then, it’s important to consider whether you have the time, energy, and resources to care for another pet both in the present and when all restrictions are once again lifted.
If you have your heart set on the idea of bringing home a new pet, ask yourself some of these important questions:
- Are you prepared for a young animal to grow into adulthood?
- How will you socialise your new animal in the face of restrictions?
- How will you deal with the challenges faced by young animals who can’t socialise properly?
- Will you have time to care for a new pet when life returns to normal?
We never want to discourage you from making the decision to add a new pet to your household. But for your furry friends’ sake, make sure any decision you do make isn’t impulsive.
As always, if you’re ready to take on a new pet over the next few months, we encourage you to consider animal rehoming and adoption first. There are so many animals who could benefit from the loving you could provide.
Help Us Protect Animals in Kilkenny
Putting your pet search on pause for the moment? The Kilkenny SPCA is still hard at work. Help us care for all animals by texting NEGLECT to 50300 to donate €4 to help us keep going.