Getting a new pet can be absolutely wonderful, but there are some things you need to consider before you adopting a pet. Adding in a new family member is a big deal. It’s very important that you are totally prepared for their arrival. And sadly, that is why statistics show that almost 20% of animals adopted from the shelter are taken back.
Consider these questions before adopting a pet
- How much time will you have to care for them?
- Who will be the primary care-taker?
- Are you aware of the annual cost of ownership?
- Do you have all the necessary supplies?
- What temperament of pet would you like?
- Don’t rule out adopting a senior pet!
If you’re in a small apartment and work most of the day, then a large active dog isn’t exactly a great choice. House breaking a puppy can take a lot of time too. It can be stressful if you’re not able to take time with them. And don’t forget to consider adopting a senior pet. They are often already trained and aren’t quite as “spunky” as the young ones. Keep in mind pets are expensive so take time to factor them into your budget.
Talk to the shelter about your daily life and the temperaments of the pets. They want a successful adoption just as much as you do and are there to help. They can help place you with the best pet for you.
All of these things need to be heavily considered before adopting a new pet. Make sure you’ve taken time to figure out all the details to ensure success. Your home is their new home and it should be a forever home. And don’t forget we’re here to help! Any time you need a pet sitter or dog walker, give us a call. We’d love to help take care of your family member.