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Blog > June 2016 > Why does Warrington Animal Welfare not re-home to families with children aged under 5?

Why does Warrington Animal Welfare not re-home to families with children aged under 5?

We get a lot of frustrated people asking us this question.  But our policy comes from over 30 years experience of rehoming unwanted and abandoned pets. 

As an animal charity we deal with hundreds of animals each year, who are looking to be rehomed for a variety of reasons, with the majority or reasons relating to younger children.

A lot of these animals have already been passed from home to home, so at WAW we want to try and ensure that their next home is their forever home.  We look for the best home, the best fit for each individual animal.  

In addition these animals may not have a complete history and it would be irresponsible of WAW to rehome them with small children and risk the possibilities of nips and bites.

We extend this policy to puppies, kittens and rabbits as unfortunately the majority of adult animals we receive were bought as young animals, as pets for families with younger children and it has not worked out for a variety of reasons. These reasons include, but are not limited to:
  • Asthmas / Allergies:  By far the most common reason is ‘my child has developed ‘asthma or an allergy’ to the pet.  Parents of children over 5 will generally be more aware of any allergies or issues related to asthma and they are being managed.
     
  • Bites / Nips: Puppies and kittens have sharp teeth and like to mouth hands when they are teething, this can be misjudged as a bite.  Also children are less likely to be able to recognise warning signs that animals give that they are unhappy / scared / nervous during play.  This generally ends up in a defensive nip or bite from the animal.
     
  • Affordability: The cost of a pet can be considerably more than people expect – food, vaccinations, vets bills, insurance, beds, hutches, runs, toys, holiday care etc.  These, plus the significant cost of young children usually results in the pet being given up for adoption.
     
  • Time: Pets, especially dogs, puppies, kittens and event rabbits need a lot of time – training, walking, socialising, cleaning etc.  So animals are surrendered when people realise that they do not have the time that their pet needs.
It’s because of these reasons, WAW choose to rehome to families with children over 5, and families should not take our decision personally.  

By taking the time to find the right home, the first time we can ensure that the experience is positive for both the animal and the adopter.   And reducing the likelihood of the adoption failing.

Our policy does come from experience and the desire to make sure that the many animals that pass through WAW are not returned to be rehomed again.

We appreciate your understanding.

Thanks
 

Posted: 01/06/2016 16:25:42 by Warrington Animal Welfare | with 0 comments
Filed under: adoption, affordability, allergies, asthma, cats, children, dogs, fives, kittens, policy, puppies, rabbits, reasons, rehoming, responsibility, time, under


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