Interested in adopting a pet? Before you bring a new pet into your home, there are several variables to consider. You should research and carefully plan to bring the right pet home and make sure your lifestyle is right for a pet. Here are some tips to help you decide:
- Make sure you’re ready: If you adopt, you’re making a commitment to care for an animal for the rest of his/her life—that could mean 10 to 15 years for dogs and up to 20 years for cats. Your pet will be a permanent part of your life that will require lots of love and care.
- Choosing the right pet: Your personality and lifestyle, along with challenges such as space restrictions and amount of time spent at home, should be considered to determine what pet is right for you. Research different breeds and ask staff for guidance.
- Considering a dog? If you have young children, a puppy probably isn’t the best option. It’s a good idea to create a schedule for the care of your new dog that includes walking, playing, feeding and grooming.
- Considering a cat? Cats can be very independent. You should know that the fun begins only after the cat feels safe and his/her needs are met. You need to prepare for feeding, litter changing and grooming.
- Prepare your home: You’ll need to make your home safe before adopting. That includes keeping toxic foods, pet-unfriendly plants and dangerous household items out of their reach. Here are some suggestions for welcoming a new furry friend:
- Put a bed for your pet in every room. They’ll likely keep off of furniture if they have attractive alternatives.
- Avoid vertical blinds, pooling drapery, ornate tassels and long cords that could be strangulation hazards.
- Provide your new cat with a variety of scratching posts and perches.
- Use crates and gates to confine your new dog when home alone until his/her house manners earn unsupervised freedom.
These are just a few things to consider. Pets can bring so much love and happiness to your life. Adopting is one of the most rewarding experiences you could ever have, but you need to make sure you’re adequately prepared for such a commitment. You can find even more information and tips here.
However, sometimes even with proper preparation, a pet just isn’t the right fit. It’s important to remember that if things aren’t working out, you can always bring a pet back to us.