Before You Adopt a Pet

Pet adoption needs to be very well thought out!!!

Always be aware that  pet adoption is a big step that will have a huge impact on the the animal as well as your family’s life . We must always remember that pets are living creatures, just like us people.

They feel, they fear, they love and they need our protection and trust that they will never be abandoned.Pets are special friends, and once they offer you their love and trust, they will always believe that you will feel the same way, so that they do not end up in a shelter.

If you are not completely certain that you have full commitment to care for your pet for its entire life, then you should wait until you are totally sure that you can.

When deciding to adopt a pet, there are several things to be considered. First thing you must consider is:

  • When you adopt, you need to make a real commitment to care for your pet for its entire life, no matter what that entails, just as you would with a child.
  • Be prepared for a pet to affect other parts of your life for as long as you have the pet (can be up to 15 years for a dog and 20 years for cat). Your pet’s well-being will have to be considered in all kinds of decisions, including travel, social life, relocating to a new home, adopting other pets, having children, etc.
  • Verify in advance that you’re allowed to keep a pet where you live, especially if you rent or belong to a homeowners’ association.
  • Make any necessary modifications to your yard and fence, if you have one, to provide for your pet’s safety and to prevent your pet from escaping.
  • Never give a pet as a gift!!!
  • Choose a pet appropriate to your living situation and lifestyle. Figure out what size, age, and energy-level pet is most appropriate for you.
  • Never adopt a pet on a whim or because you feel it’s love-at-first-sight. Do your research and carefully consider all the aspects and implications of adopting before you make a decision.
  • If you’re adopting a pet for your kids, understand that the responsibility is yours. Kids, by their nature, often tire of things that were once new and exciting, and this includes their pets. You will most likely end up being the one who provides most of the pet’s care.
  • Plan for a several-week adjustment period during which there will be challenges.
  • Provide sufficient exercise professional training and stimulation. (Walk dogs according to individual need, provide playtime and appropriate toys for both dogs and cats, spend time just petting and talking to your pet, include pet in family activities.
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