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There are not enough homes for all the animals that are born every year

You may have noticed over the past few weeks that local animal rescues have asked Wagging Tails Dog Walking/Pet Sitting/Grooming to become a rescue too!

We are a great resource for them as we have a multitude of resources to help find a dog/cat/etc a comfortable home here in Williamsburg, VA.

We want to emphasize the importance to rescue versus going to a breeder.

#1 There are not enough homes for all the animals that are born every year. Adopting from a shelter helps weaken the pet overpopulation cycle. Each year 8 to 12 million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are euthanized because there are simply not enough homes for them.

#2 Animal rescue is a much-needed social service that helps protect animals from dangerous situations that often involve cruelty and abuse. Many animals are turned into shelters due to evictions, expensive health concerns, or other unavoidable circumstances. Wagging Tails just saved Roscoe's life this weekend. He was in need of a new home ASAP as the owner was being evicted. We found him a new loving home in an upscale apartment complex here in Williamsburg.

#3 Over time a rescued dog/cat/etc. will have repeated positive experiences which will feel good to him. He will begin to associate his new human family with good things, and a sense of well-being. He will begin to accept his new owner, have good experiences, and start to feel joy and most likely, a form of gratitude.

#4 BUT Be Patient! Many newly adopted dogs struggle with adapting to their new home and schedule, and some might even show signs of separation anxiety or trauma. The good news is that with the right approach, patience, and consistency you can help your dog adjust to their new life and start to trust you!

The Best Part of the Rescue Process: Do rescue dogs know you saved them? They never forget A rescue dog NEVER forgets that you saved him or her. Trust me we here at Wagging Tails know this for a fact. We have saved so many stray dogs and cats along the way over the 10 years we have been in business.

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