Choices: Adopt a pet, Buy a pet, take in a stray

@CRK109 (14465)
United States
December 3, 2016 7:17pm CST
Through my lifetime, I've heard this debate over and over again. And I know which pets have been the best for me personally and which I would never do again. Although I have to say that any of the choices could be risky because you just never know the true health of a pet. Time tells a lot of stories. My first kitten was given to me by a co-worker. He was a Siamese cat and he lived to be almost 17 years old. The cat I have currently was given to me by my sister in law. She drove the kitten up here from Texas to make a gift of her to me at a time when I wasn't sure I even wanted another cat in my life. But Ruby is 13 now and seems to be doing very well (so far, knock on wood, no further accidents in the bedroom). So while I'm not always crazy about being given a pet as a gift, the ones I've received have been great. I bought two Siamese kittens from a breeder. She had a lot of show cats and her kittens were quite expensive. I had planned on showing one of the cats but it turned out her temperament wasn't great for shows. I also found out that both of those kittens were not well. They had congenital diseases and both died young. Broke my heart. I'll never buy from a breeder again, although I know that there are some very reputable breeders out there and I would never trash all breeders just because. I've never gotten a pet from a shelter, but I would definitely go that route if I wanted another pet. Most shelters seem to know how healthy their animals are and while I would not trust just any shelter, after some research I know I could find a reputable one. And they are usually a safety net at least for a period of time should anything happen to the pet. As for strays, I, personally, would never take in a stray. My best friend, Liz, did that in her lifetime and it worked out well for her, thanks to her great vet. I was shocked that things worked out as well as they did for both Liz and the cat. I love the idea of caring for strays but I would really have to trust a vet to let me know that it was healthy and safe before bringing it into my home to live forever. What are your thoughts? How have things worked out for you? -Claudia- image from pixabay
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@BelleStarr (38213)
• United States
5 Dec 16
I have been given pets by friends, I bought Brie for $300 and got Beau for free from his owners. They are the parents of Honey. We got our dogs Princess and Tasha from rescue and they were both great pets. Chance was a puppy my son got from someone he knew and we had him for 13 years. I think all ways can work.
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
7 Dec 16
yes they can all work. You've been so lucky!
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@BelleStarr (38213)
• United States
8 Dec 16
@CRK109 I have been we have had a wonderful bunch of pets whom we loved dearly.
@Drosophila (16713)
• Ireland
4 Dec 16
Cats adopt me? Ya I usually look after strays
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
7 Dec 16
it's wonderful that you take care of them!
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@Drosophila (16713)
• Ireland
7 Dec 16
@CRK109 though now I live in city centre and there's just no strays
• United States
4 Dec 16
I had a rescue dog many years ago. She had lived in a basement for two years. She had no clue how to be a dog. She never had treats or toys. She learned fast when I got her!
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
7 Dec 16
How sad that her life began in such a horrible way. What a blessing when she found herself living with you and getting spoiled!
• United States
7 Dec 16
@CRK109 Yes, she had a rough life but myself and my family helped spoil her until the last day of her life.
@LadyDuck (157147)
• Switzerland
4 Dec 16
If I had to take a pet, I would go through a shelter. With the strays you can never know and too many breeders are scammers. My niece bought her retriever from a breeder, this dog has plenty of health problems.
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
7 Dec 16
I used to think it was great to get pets from a breeder but I will never do it again.
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@LadyDuck (157147)
• Switzerland
7 Dec 16
@CRK109 I am sure that some of them are good breeders, but the majority are not.
@JudyEv (123169)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Dec 16
Somehow we ended up with rescue sheep but I know that's a bit different. My friend got a dog from a shelter but it has 'separation issues' and now the couple can't go anywhere unless they can take the dog too. So I guess it depends on the circumstances in each case.
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
7 Dec 16
Yes, it really does. How sad about that dog. That must make your friend crazy!
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@JudyEv (123169)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Dec 16
@CRK109 They seem like slaves to it. It would have driven me crazy long ago. :)
@ms1864 (6992)
• Bangalore, India
4 Dec 16
Any time we have got a pet like a dog or a cat ...it has always been adoption at no price. Someone's pet gave puppies and they wanted to give them away...so we adopted one. Once we adopted 4 abandoned kittens too.
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
7 Dec 16
I think that's wonderful! You've saved a lot of lives!
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@UncleJoe (9939)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
4 Dec 16
It's heart-breaking to lose a pet even though they can sometimes be a lot of trouble to keep. I found a way around that. No dying, no feeding, and no poop scooping. I just got one of these. It's not real.
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
7 Dec 16
That's exactly the kind of pet I was planning to get when my sister in law brought Ruby to me 13 years ago! lol
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@Platespinner (16492)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
4 Dec 16
We adopted a dog from a shelter many years ago and she was a great fit for our family. Two of our current cat herd (we have 4) were strays that adopted us. Unfortunately they are both male and don't like each other, but they are both great pets.
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
7 Dec 16
I miss having a herd! At one point, I had 3 cats and a dog and it was more of a zoo depending on who got along with who and how many of them wanted to be on my lap at the same time! lol
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@TRBRocks420 (77468)
• Banks, Oregon
4 Dec 16
I have been very lucky with Rooger, some lady just didn't want him anymore.
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
7 Dec 16
Well that ended up being such a blessing for Rooger! He's so blessed to have you in his life!
@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
4 Dec 16
Our present dog was purchased as a pup from a breeder. She is now 12 years old. We bought a young dog at a shelter....two months later, I had my husband return the dog. It was unruly, and dangerous around the grandchildren. It was too big and rambunctious for me to try to control. Our previous dog came from a farm....sign on the road....free puppies. Boots was the best dog we could have had while our children were growing up.
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
7 Dec 16
It's amazing how difference the experiences can be. I'm glad your present dog has worked out for all of you!
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@PatZAnthony (12649)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
4 Dec 16
Our pets have been strays (the best ever) rescues, inherited, etc. All great animals just needing a home.
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