Before you Adopt…
Adopting a pet can be the most rewarding thing you can do…both for you and our furry friends. However, it is a big decision and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here are some questions to ask yourself to see if you are truly ready to add a furry friend to your home:
Who will be caring for your new addition? Trying to teach responsibility to your children? Understand that a family pet is a family decision and children will not take on all of the duties involving the pet, even though they will be enthusiastic at first! It is recommended for children to be seven years old to actively take part in pet care.
Do you own your own home or are you renting? Moving frequently can be stressful to pets. If you are renting does your landlord allow pets? Secondly is the space large enough for the pet and breed that you want? Do you have a fenced backyard?
Are you a high energy, always on the go kind of person, or do you prefer a leisurely walk and snuggling on the couch? Do you have a lot of spare time or are you always on the run? Ensure that the pet, or breed, that you are seeking matches what you like to do.
Do you have time for an animal? Animals require varying amounts of time. Depending on the animal, and even the breed, how much time you have to dedicate to walking, training, exercising and mental stimulation for your pet will vary.
Is it the right time to take on more responsibility? Are you planning a move? Going back to school or work? Pregnant? Will something in your life affect the introduction of a pet into your home? Then maybe it is not the right time.
Are you Committed? Are you prepared to commit to your pet for its lifetime? Most cats and dogs have a lifespan of 15 years. Some even longer.
Are you able to afford the costs of pet care? The average cost for dogs annually is $1,550 (not including one time costs such as adoption fees, etc.) and the average for cats is $850 annually.