So you want to adopt a pet? Congratulations! A pet can be a wonderful addition to your life and your family, as they often come with little baggage and a lot of love. However, if you are thinking about adopting a pet, there are some things that you need to think about beforehand. While a pet can certainly be fun and playful, they still require a lot of time and responsibility. From adequate exercise to proper medical care and a healthy diet to extensive training, there is a lot that a pet needs that many people don’t consider beforehand. For this reason, too many pets are taken back to the shelter before they are given a real chance to prove their loyalty and obedience. To prevent this from happening to your pet, Found Animals advises you to consider the following questions before bringing home your new furry friend:
Do You Have Time for a Pet?
As mentioned above, pets require a lot of time and effort. Whether you bring home a dog, cat or monkey, the animal you choose will need to be housetrained and taught what and what is not an acceptable chew toy. They will need food, water and exercise. And they will need an abundance of your love and care. Can you provide all that for them?
Why Do You Want a Pet?
If you’re adopting a pet because you think your kids “need” one, or because “it’s the thing to do,” a pet might not be for you. People should only adopt pets because they truly want one, not because they feel pressured into getting one.
Is Your Home Environment Suitable for a Pet?
If you rent, it’s crucial that you speak with your landlord before adopting a pet about the types of animals—if any—they allow on the premises. You must also think about how long you plan to continue renting, and if you plan on moving in the near future. If you plan on moving a few times before settling down, consider putting off pet adoption until then.
If you own your own home, consider the size of your home, your yard and your neighborhood before selecting an animal. For instance, a big dog will need a large yard and a dog-friendly neighborhood, while a small cat is ideal for a city abode.
Can You Be a Responsible Pet Owner?
Finally, consider whether or not you’re willing to take on the full responsibility of pet ownership. This includes paying for his vet bills, training him, cleaning up after him and dealing with the unexpected without breaking a sweat.
If, after carefully considering these questions, you decide that adopting a pet is still for you, what are you waiting for? Go pick out The One that is right for you!