Should I Adopt?
BEFORE YOU ADOPT A PET
Even though hundreds of homeless pets in our local community need a second chance, just any home is not the answer. A pet left for hours alone, a dog chained up all day, a puppy or kitten left unsupervised with young children, none of these situations are the answer. Put yourself in their place.
ASK YOURSELF THESE VERY
IMPORTANT QUESTIONS FIRST:
Do you have time for a pet?
Puppies and kittens need housebreaking and training. Adult pets need daily attention and socializing. Can you realistically fit time into your life to give a pet the proper amount of time it needs.
Can you afford a pet?
Pets require annual vaccines, dental care, and proper nutrition. With good care many pets are living 10, 15, and even 20 years. As a pet ages its medical costs may increase. Are you prepared to spend the money required to keep your pet healthy?
Can you have a pet where you live?
Are you a renter? Then it’s mandatory you find out what your landlord’s rules regarding pets are. A large percentage of pets are turned in to animal shelters because the owner tried to sneak them in past their landlord. Don’t add to this problem. Obey your landlord’s rules and wait until your situation changes to get a pet.
Are you going to move soon?
Moving and unable to take their pet is possibly the number one reason owners turn their pets into animal shelters. Don’t get a pet if you are unsure about your ability to find future housing that will accept pets if you have to move. Don’t fool yourself! It is much harder on a pet to become attached to someone and then given up after 1 or 2 years. Wait till your housing situation is stable before adopting.
Do you have the right home for the pet you want?
If you adopt a dog, do you have an adequate fenced area to keep it in when outside? Some “working” breeds of dogs can be quite active. Be sure to read up on the breed(s) you are interested in for temperament, etc. It is recommended cats be kept inside or you have “cat fencing” or a cat enclosure if they go outside. Free roaming cats may be attacked by other cats or dogs and are always in danger of being killed by cars. Long-haired pets need more grooming than short-haired breeds. You should consider all of this before you adopt.
Who will care for your pet?
Getting a pet to teach your child responsibility is not a good idea. Most children, although there hearts are in the right place, can not be expected to provide the complete level of care a pet needs. Get the pet, if you think it is appropriate, for your child, but plan on an adult providing the majority of the pet’s training and care.
Are your children old enough for a pet?
Many people adopt pets while their children are too young to handle them with the care and understanding they need. Any child under the age of 5 needs to be supervised every time they interact with the family pet(s). This protects both the pet and the child. Children may not understand they are being too rough with a pet, teasing it, or in some other way provoking it to scratch or bite in defense. Puppies, especially, can overwhelm children. Puppies tend to nip and can scratch or knock over a small child during play. An older, calmer dog is a better choice. Conversely, a kitten under 4 months of age has a very hard time defending itself against over handling, etc. A kitten over 4 months is still plenty playful and a much better match for children under 5 years of age. In general, older pets are calmer, more attentive to their owners, and you know what type of personality you are getting. Thousands of older pets languish in animal shelters while adopters walk past them to choose puppies and kittens. We encourage you to think about adopting one of these wonderful adult cats or dogs. They have just as much love to give!
Did You Pass?
If after reading the above, you feel you are ready to give a pet the home and love it needs please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 254-754-9444. Thank you for considering a friend for life!
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