Welcome Brenda Sinclair!
Brenda, please tell us about yourself.
Thank you for having me visit today. I live with my husband and a Bichon Shih Tzu cross named Kelly in Calgary, Canada. I’m the mother of two grown sons and I adore my three grandchildren. I write contemporary and western historical romance.
Tell us something about your book.
Love To The Rescue is a contemporary romance about a city police officer and a romance writer who meet during a B and E at her home. There’s an instant attraction between them despite the situation. The story is a happily-ever-after feel-good read where everyone gets a second chance.
Your book features a special four-footed secondary character, an Irish setter named Rover.
Setters are beautiful dogs and Rover is a sweetheart. What woman doesn’t love a story about a hunky cop? But readers will fall in love with Rover, too, and 50% of my royalties will be donated to Humane Society shelters. By the way, I loved Bren’s story in Relentless, Book One in your Fallon Sisters Trilogy, Ms. O’Dwyer, and I commend you for sharing a portion of your royalties from that book with horse rescue operations.
Thank you, Brenda. So why adopt a rescue dog?
Often you’re saving the animal’s life by providing it with new hope in a furever home. (Notice the spelling?) Many pets become homeless due to owner allergies, abuse and neglect, family moves, lack of forethought by the original owner.
Who wouldn’t want to adopt one of these guys?
What’s the first step in the pet adoption process?
Potential adopters must ask themselves—will I be a responsible pet owner. You must ensure your pet is spayed or neutered and provided with ID such as a microchip or tattoo. Also you must provide basic care: food, water, shelter, vet care, exercise, grooming and nail care, and licensing. Other considerations are your lifestyle and living arrangements, spending time with the pet, alternate care such as a boarding facility, and of course handling all the costs of a pet. Pet care is a huge responsibility, and the decision to adopt shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Once you’ve made the decision and are committed, what are the procedures for adopting from a rescue shelter?
Humane Society shelter rules and procedures are pretty standard. Animals are never adopted as a gift. Gift certificates can be given and the new owner will choose their own animal. All pets must be spayed or neutered and provided with ID such as a tattoo. All owners must be at least 18 years of age with no documented history of animal abuse or neglect. An animal will not be adopted to an intoxicated person. Proof of current address must be provided, and renters must provide proof of permission to house a pet from a landlord. These are just a few requirements, but each facility will have similar policies.
So, if the potential owner meets all the criteria, then what?
Then the process begins with the new owner researching the type of pet they want, such as a specific breed of dog or cat that best suits them and their family. A pre-adoption application form, landlord permission form, and questionnaire and/or survey will be completed. Once approved, the owner should take sufficient time to meet a potential pet he or she is considering. The adoption process can take a few hours, and you should enjoy the experience and not be rushed. Staff will share pet history, if known. And most shelters will provide a list of estimated annual costs for your pet. Fees can be paid by cash, debit, or credit cards. Check your local shelter, if you’ve decided you want a new pet.
Anything else we should know?
The shelters want your adoption to start out on a positive note. They will provide first vaccines and deworming for puppies and kittens, a health exam for all animals, spay/neuter surgery and microchip or tattoo, complimentary health exam at a vet, information on how to care for your pet and optional pet insurance. Shelter staff will discuss obedience classes and other programs they feel would benefit you and your pet. Larger facilities will have more programs available than smaller shelters, of course.
So adopting is quite a serious matter.
Yes, shelters don’t want the animals coming back. But for whatever reason, if the adoption doesn’t work out, by all means, please return the pet to the shelter at no cost or penalty so another person can adopt the animal.
Thank you for sharing all this valuable information with us.
You’re welcome. Like the heroine in my story discovered, providing a rescue animal with a forever home can be exciting and rewarding for both you and your pet. Once the animal learns a routine and feels welcome, safe, and loved in his new environment, he’ll bond with his new owner and they will share years of happiness together.
I believe a house isn’t a home without a dog or a cat or some family pet.
Thank you for dropping by today.
You’re welcome. I’m hoping some deserving pets are adopted because of my visit with you. Anyone leaving a comment will be entered to win one of ten digital copies of my book When Dreams Collide, the sequel to A Bandit Creek Miracle, at the end of this blog tour. Winners to be drawn on March 15th. And check out the special ‘Irish Day’ blog post on my website on March 17th.
Find Love To The Rescue in Ebook and Large Print version on Amazon http://amzn.to/Si97FR
If anyone has rescued a dog or cat, please email me your pet’s story with permission to post it on my website. Email stories to email@example.com. Please check out my website to read my dog Beau’s story and other rescue stories at www.brendasinclairauthor.com. You can also find me on Facebook at brendasinclairauthor and Twitter @bsinclairauthor.
The next stop on the LOVE TO THE RESCUE BLOG TOUR is a Pit Stop at Brenda’s own website tomorrow, Wednesday March 6, 2013 where she’ll reveal the story about the book’s name change. Then on Thursday March 7, 2013 Brenda will discuss ways shelter staff cope when working with abused animals at Happy Tails and Trails.
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