I'm Cute but...
Should You Adopt Me?
CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE ADOPTING
If you are like most people, it’s easy to fall in love with a playful kitten, or a dog with big brown sad eyes, wagging his tail for you. Adopting a pet should be a responsible decision. Pets give unconditional love. Are you willing to do the same?
Are you prepared to care for a pet for his/her lifetime?
Millions of pets each year become homeless only because they grew bigger than expected, a new baby was on the way, the owner could not afford a fence or the pet chewed up a shoe. When you adopt, you are making a commitment to responsibly care for your pet for his/her lifetime. Your pet should be considered a member of your family and treated as such.
Do you have time for a pet?
They should not be ignored just because you are tired or busy. They require healthy food, clean water, exercise, and companionship every day.
Can you afford a pet?
Food, veterinary care, training classes, grooming, toys, and other expenses can add up. Be sure your pet’s needs are provided for in your budget.
Is it the right time to adopt a pet?
If you are expecting a baby in the near future, or have very young children you might want to consider waiting. Too often, pets are put outdoors to live isolated and forgotten in the back yard because the owner no longer has time for them, or the children have not been taught how to play with, and respect their pet.
Who will care for your pet while you are away or on vacation?
Do you have family members or reliable friends to care for your pet while you are away? If not, can you afford to board your pet or pay a pet-sitter?
What is the best type of pet for your living situation?
Choose an animal that fits your lifestyle. Consider size and temperament. Some small dogs are very active and require a lot of exercise to be calm. Some big dogs can be laid back and happy to lie on the couch most of the day. Also consider that many apartments or rental houses don’t allow pets or have restrictions. Some neighborhoods, cities, and towns, may have restrictions as well. Make sure you know what they are before bringing a pet home.
Yes, these are a lot of questions. Owning a pet is rewarding, but only if you think it through before you adopt.