There is no better feeling than entering a shelter and falling in love with a new best friend. Bringing a new pet into your home is always a big decision and one that should never be taken lightly. There are things to consider when adding a new pet to your new home. Our staff and volunteers are here to assist you before you adopt a shelter pet.
Here are a few things to consider:
1. Is this the right time for you or your family to bring in a new pet into your lives?
a. If you have a lot of responsibilities that take up large portions of your time it may not be the ideal time to bring a new pet home. Pets need time to adjust to their new life and family.
2. Do I know what kind of pet is the right fit for me and my family?
a. Understanding your lifestyle will help to determine what type of pet would be best suited for you and family.
b. Researching different breeds is important when deciding on ether a Chihuahua or German Shepherd best fits your lifestyle.
3. Can you afford the pet at this time?
a. Owing a pet requires more than just providing love and food. There are preventative vaccinations as well as wellness check-ups to be done. Grooming, toys, leashes, collars, identification tags, licenses, and litter box supplies can also add to the basic expense of owning a pet. This does not necessarily include other items such as training, crates/carriers, bedding, boarding fees or treats you may wish to purchase.
4. If you rent or lease, does the agreement allow for pets in the residence?
a. Many rentals donít allow pets or have restrictions as to the type, size, or weight of the pets allowed.
b. If you are forced to relocate, will you be able to find new housing that will allow your pet as well? Remember, the average life-span for many pets can be as high as 15 years.
5. Am I prepared to handle difficult situations?
a. Accidents in the house?
b. Soiled or torn furniture?
c. Unexplained medical emergencies?
Owning a pet can be a wonderful experience, but there are a lot of things to consider when deciding to adopt a new pet. We want to make sure the pet has the opportunity to find the right home where it can live out their safe, happy and healthy life.