A quick guide to adopting a dog or cat

Are you considering the adoption of a lovable dog or cat? Read this quick guide to selecting the right pet for you!

Where should you start?

Talk with the current pet owners or humane Society that you plan to adopt them from. Ask questions to help you know and understand if this pet is the right fit for you. Be sure to ask if the pet has any ailments or disabilities to be aware of. Take all things into consideration to help your new pet find his forever home with you.

4 things to contemplate before making your decision to adopt:

1. Consider adopting a senior dog or cat – Senior pets have so much to offer a family. They may come with different responsibilities than a younger pet, but they are equally as beautiful. An older pet might already be housebroken. Fido might also have a few behavior training classes under his belt. As you likely know, kittens and puppies can be a bit challenging in the first few years of their lives.

2. Rescue pets have many benefits – There’s something amazing about rescuing a pet in need. Millions of pets are euthanized every year. Adopting a pet that really needs you can be such a rewarding experience.

3. Make sure you can afford a pet – Add up all of the foreseeable expenses associated with owning a pet and see if it fits into your budget. Then try to think about any unpredictable charges that might come up like surgery, grooming or prescriptions. Cover all of your bases before adopting a pet. An older pet can save you money initially, but remember that as a pet ages, they may need more medical attention. Pet Insurance might be a good thing to consider as well.

4. Get the breed and size that is right for you – Be sure to select a pet that will fit into your lifestyle, literally. Remember that certain breeds need particular things. Often times a larger dog will need more outside exercise. A smaller dog can mean less maintenance. Consider all of the options and speak with a pet professional when selecting a pet that is right for you!

Other things to ask yourself before adopting a pet:

  • Do you need a fenced in backyard?
  • How often do you travel?
  • Can you afford shots, health care products and hospital bills if something goes wrong?
  • Do you have any other pets? If so, will they get along?
  • Does your apartment complex allow animals? Find out exactly what their rules and regulations are.
  • How often will you be able to take your dog for a walk?
  • Will you need to purchase doggy daycare or get a pet sitter?
  • Do you mind picking up after a pet goes to the bathroom outside or in a litter box?
  • What type of environment has this pet been in or exposed to?
  • Will his or her personality fit in with your family?

Don’t adopt until you know it’s exactly what you want to do. Make sure you choose the pet that is right for you! That’s what it’s all about, after all. If you still have reservations or questions after reflecting on a few of the tips above, ask someone in the pet adoption business. There are many reputable humane societies that make sure that the pet you decide to adopt is right for you. The last thing they want is for a pet to go through another transition from shelter to home and back to the shelter. They will help you find your ideal furry companion.

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