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Having a pet can be enormously rewarding. Buying pets online is one way of finding a pet. But there are pros and cons about this method of uniting a pet with a person. First there’s the convenience. Instead of travelling around to animal shelters, shops, breeders and others, you can check out who is available from the comfort of your home or office. Of course that’s just the first step and you should never buy a pet without first meeting it and seeing how the two of you get on.
It can be a big mistake to buy a pet without first meeting it. What if the animal takes fright or doesn’t like you or a member of your family? What if the pet bites or scratches you or a small child in your family? Getting up close and personal before you buy is essential.
Handing over the payment
Buying pets online is not the same as so many other online transactions. You can’t send the pet through the post. Well it could be sent by courier to you but that can cost a lot of money and defeats the purpose of the meet and greet first with your future pet. Sending the money for the pet only for you to arrive and find it is not suitable can cause problems. The old saying of ‘let the buyer beware’ applies here.
Online vendors will often state things like:
- Don’t pay until you have seen the pet and
- Be wary of any vendor who will not talk to you over the phone
Pets are available from a wide variety of sources such as private sales, breeders, animal shelters, some vets and pet shops. In most if not all of these cases, the animals available can be viewed first online. Many of the animal shelters will have separate pages on their web sites dedicated to the pets which are available. There are usually separate pages for dogs and cats.
You can look at a photo of the pet and read its history with such details as its gender, health, history and personality. This is the beauty of online pets saving you time and travel in your search. If you see a pet online and that pet seems appealing to your needs and situation – remember you have to offer the pet the right venue just as much as the pet needs to suit your wants – then you can telephone and ask any more relevant questions. This is where the staff members at shelters and breeders are so helpful being able to tell you the characteristics of the pet. If you are still interested, then make a time to go and visit the animal asking that it be put aside until you have had a chance to meet the animal.
Always insist on medical records
Buying a pet online still means you need to see details of any medical information such as de-sexing, vaccinations and identity chip. These are often compulsory but a genuine pet vendor will have attended to all these things in the first place. Finding your pet online could be the start of a wonderful friendship.