There are many people that see a stray animal on the street, pick it up and take it home to keep. While this is great to do, there are things that you need to be aware of when you bring a stray and/ or abandoned animal into your home.
The animal may have strange fears that you need to learn how to deal with.
If you find an animal on the street, you have no idea what they could have been through before you took them in. Certain noises can severely frighten certain dogs so you may need to make some minor adjustments when you know you’re going to be doing something that involves a noise that your dog is afraid of. We adopted a dog that was found by one of my family members. The poor dog had a rope attached to his collar and the other end was attached to the railroad tracks. No one knows how long he was out there or how many trains passed right by him while he was tied there. Up until he passed away, he was severely petrified of loud noises including trains, trucks, the vacuum cleaner, and thunder. We had to learn what to do to ease his nerves during storms and make sure that if we saw a truck or train coming we went the other way as quick as possible. We couldn’t vacuum with him in the house, so we had to put him outside or elsewhere in the house until we were finished.
Take the animal to the vet as soon as possible.
The animal needs a full checkup to make sure that they have no diseases or problems that need to be dealt with. The vet can also give you a basic description on the temperment and personality traits of the animal. Make sure to give the vet your own evaluations of the animals personality from the moment you picked it up until you brought it into the vet’s office.
Don’t overwhelm the animal when it comes into your home.
You may be tempted to try to love the animal to bits and feed it and play with it, but the animal will most likely be nervous, weary and probably will not eat the first night you have it. Let the animal have it’s space so it can settle in and become acquainted with its new surroundings. Make sure to especially keep kids away from the animal until after the vet visit and until after you get a good idea of the animals personality and temperment.
Don’t let the animal near any other pets that you have in your home until the animal goes to the vet.
Considering that you don’t yet know the temperament of the animal and you don’t know if they have fleas or any diseases, it’s best to keep it away from your pets until a full checkup can be given.
The animal may need some time to get used to you, so have patience.
Chances are the animal will be a bit skiddish and will not easily trust you. The animal could have been living on the street for a very long period of time and isn’t used to human contact and love. Have patience with the animal and take it slow. Let the animal get accustomed to the house, good people and love.
Adopting a stray and/ or an abandoned animal is a rewarding experience. It’s almost as if the animal knows that you saved them from a possible horrible life.