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Looking to own a pet? Consider adopting one

Richmond Animal Protection Society has many cats and dogs available for new homes. -
Richmond Animal Protection Society has many cats and dogs available for new homes.
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Animals need love too, but unfortunately not all are so lucky.

More than one hundred animals have been rescued and taken in by the Richmond Animal Protection Society this year, not including the injured wildlife that the non-profit organization is also caring for.

RAPS assistant manager Kara Frederick says there are many instances when animals are in need of help.

“Some of the more common examples include animals that have been abandoned by their owners, those that are abused or neglected, lost or injured animals and feral animals needing assistance.”

The charity focuses on the health and wellbeing of the animals, putting in their best efforts to ensure that all animals are transitioning to healthier lifestyle.

“A number of the animals we get come from terrible situations where they have never been socialized, or have even been abused. We work to solve these issues through various methods such as training and rehabilitation,” said Frederick.

The animal’s health is fully monitored and tended to by RAPS before they are adopted.

“This typically includes being spayed or neutered, tattooed, vaccinated or titer tested, deworming, flea treatment, dental work and a physical exam,” Frederick told The Review.

If any other health matter or complication occurs after an animal is adopted, the owner is encouraged to contact RAPS and they will ensure that their veterinarian, at no cost, tends to the animal.

Frederick says that owning a pet has many positive health benefits. Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression, high blood pressure and stress—and pets aid in healthy childhood development.

“Owning an animal also teaches children compassion and responsibility, especially if the pet is a rescue,” she says.

Frederick says shelters and rescue groups help improve the community by ensuring that adopted animals are spayed or neutered. This mandate helps reduce the amount of unwanted animals being born.

Frederick is adamant about her moral of animal adoption, “Remember—adopt, don’t shop!”

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