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Things to consider before adopting

Its amazing that you are considering adopting from our shelter, but before you make the decision to take home your new furever friend, please take a moment to think over these questions:

  • Why do you want a pet? Adopting a pet should be a permanent decision, it is not something to take lightly. Don't get a pet simply because its "something to do" or because the kids have been begging for one. Also, keep in mind that pets may be with you for 10, 15, maybe even 20 years.

  • Do you have time for a pet? Dogs, cats, and other pets will need constant attention and care. They require food, water, exercise, care, and companionship every day. Many of the animals we have at the shelter are here because their previous owners didn't realize how much of a time commitment an animal really is.

  • Can you afford a pet? The costs of owning  pet can become quite high. Licenses, training, spaying, neutering, vet care, grooming, toys, food, and other expenses can add up very quickly.

  • Are you prepared to deal with potential problems a pet can cause? Scratched-up furniture, flea infestations, accidents from animals who've not yet been housetrained, and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but go hand in hand with pet ownership.

  • Can you have a pet where you live? Many rental communities don't allow pets and many other homes have restrictions. Make sure your landlord gives your permission before bringing a pet into your home. 

  • Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet? If you have young children, you may want to carefully consider bringing an animal home. If you're a student, in the military, or travel frequently, waiting until you are in a more stable situation is a good idea.

  • Are your living arrangements suitable for the animal you have in mind? If you adopt a more active dog breed, for example, you should have a larger sized yard, and probably a fence as well. Before adopting any pet, do some research on breeds and temperaments. That way, you"ll ensure you choose an animal who will fit your lifestyle.

  • Will you be a responsible pet owner? Having your animal spayed and/or neutered, obeying community leash and licensing laws and keeping identification tags on your animal are all part of taking responsibility for your pet. Also, giving your pet love, companionship, exercise, a healthy diet, and veterinary care are all very important.

  • Are your prepared to keep and care for your new pet for his or her entire lifetime? When you adopt a pet, you are making a commitment to care for the animal for his or her entire lifetime.

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