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.

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5 Things to Know Before Adopting a Senior Pet

Whether you currently own a senior pet or you’re planning to adopt one, wouldn’t you agree that they are amazing creatures? 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. Wouldn’t you agree?

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month so we thought we would take this opportunity to tell you a little bit more about senior pets and how one might be the perfect fit for you.

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25 Reasons to Love a Senior Pet  

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The month of November is officially Senior Pet Appreciation Month! There are many reasons to love and appreciate a senior pet (and all pets). Although older pets can often be overlooked, more and more people are starting to realize that adopting a senior dog or cat has several rewards. Below are numerous quick reasons to love – and perhaps adopt – an older dog or cat.

NOTE: Not all dogs or cats are created equally. These fun-loving reasons will not apply to all of our furry friends.

  1. You know what to expect.
  2. They might be potty trained already!
  3. Older pets might be trained with basic obedience skills.
  4. Senior pets tend to be calmer and have less “puppy” in them.
  5. You automatically know how big they are going to get! You don’t have to wait and see.
  6. Adopting an older dog might mean that you are saving his or her life.
  7. They’ve been around the block and know what to do around the house.
  8. Some senior pets require less exercise than their younger counterparts.
  9. They are over their ‘chewing on shoes’ phase of life.
  10. Older pets are wise.
  11. Your senior pet might be more willing to share cuddle time with you.
  12. They are beautiful creatures no matter how old they are.
  13. Their personality might not be a mystery.
  14. Senior pets show their independence!
  15. Old is beautiful.
  16. You will feel good about having an older pet around the house. There’s something incredibly wonderful about them.
  17. They offer devotion and love like you wouldn’t believe.
  18. Senior pets that have remained in the same household become predictable and appreciate their forever homes.
  19. They know what they want and will show you.
  20. Older pets can show younger pets the ropes.
  21. They make great friends.
  22. They might be old, but they can still hang with the little dogs.
  23. Older pets can read human emotions and understand you more deeply.
  24. They might be less destructive around the house – in more ways than one.
  25. Senior pets can be very family friendly.

Did we miss a great reason or two? Share your ideas, and/or pictures of your loving senior pet on our Facebook page. No matter what age a pet is, we love them all the same! 

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Are You Ready for a Second Pet?

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So you currently own a dog and you are considering getting another one. There are many things to think about before taking on another pet. Being a good pet owner can start with a proactive approach of thinking through a big decision like this before you do it.

The best rule of thumb is: if you have any reservations at all, take the time to analyze and think through the pros and cons before taking the leap. Don’t make any sudden decisions. Do your research in advance before you fall in love with a pet and can’t say no.

Luckily, we’ve done the thinking for you. Read the following before heading to your local humane society to find your next furry family member. Pets sure are amazing, aren’t they! The last thing we want is for you to find yourself in a situation you didn’t expect.

  • Can you afford a second pet? Remember that your pets may not always stay in great health. Be sure to have some money saved just in case something was to happen to either pet. Remember that all expenses will basically be times by two. That means annual bills, food, extras, etc. And that’s just the predictable things!
  • Keep in mind that not all pets will get along. Does your current pet like other animals? It might be a good idea to find a place that allows your dog to get acclimated with the new dog before the big move. Is there enough space in your home in case one pet wants to be away from the other pet?
  • Research your pet. Does your dog type usually get along with a certain type of pets or breeds? Try to understand the type of personality your pet has and who he or she might mesh well with. Does your dog like other big dogs? Take all personalities into consideration.
  • Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Know your limitations and what you can handle. If you are interested in a large breed dog and currently have a small breed, remember that their needs could be extremely different than that of your current dog.
  • Take age into consideration. Perhaps your current dog is a senior and you’re wanting to add some excitement and activity back into his or her life. A senior pet and a rambunctious puppy don’t always see eye-to-eye.
  • Get the second dog for all the right reasons. Some people buy a second dog to help the first dog feel less lonely when they are away from the home. This is not always a great solution. Be sure to have several reasons to welcome the second pet into your home.

See adoption as a permanent change. Welcoming a second pet into the home isn’t always easy. There will be ups and downs and growing pains. But it’s important to remember that pet adoption is usually meant for good. You will make it! It’s just important to try and be prepared for anything that rolls your way.