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INFO: Are you ready to adopt?

November 10, 2015

Making the decision to adopt a dog or cat from a shelter or rescue group is a big one. Caring for a cat or dog goes beyond providing food, water and shelter. Potential pet owners need to make sure they do thorough research and careful planning to ensure your new pet is the right one for you and your lifestyle.

We want to make sure pet owners can find the right pet for their family – so to help with the process here are some questions to ask yourself to help you find your ideal pet.

Why do you want to adopt a pet?

What are your reasons for wanting to adopt a pet? Are you looking for the unconditional love and companionship an animal can offer? Are you looking to find a companion for your children?

Knowing why you’re preparing to bring a pet home will help you determine the pet that will fit in with your lifestyle.

Are you ready to make a long term commitment?

Today the high quality of care our companion animals can receive from their local vet means they are living longer, healthier lives. Cats and dogs can live anywhere from 10 to 20 years.

Make sure you are ready to make a commitment to your new pet. Ask yourself what your living situation will be like in five, 10 and 20 years’ time. As you go through lifestyle changes like relocating, pregnancy and new jobs, your pet will remain a permanent part of your life. Make sure you can still care for your pet if your circumstances change.

IMG_4422Is your family ready for a pet?

If you live a spouse, with or without, the decision to adopt an animal affects everyone in your family. Discuss adopting an animal with the whole family before making a decision.

You may also have another pet at home who’s not yet—or may never be—ready to share their home with another animal.

Do you know what kind of pet is right for you?

Your personality and lifestyle, along with challenges such as the size of your house and the amount of time you spend at home should be explored to determine what pet is right for your household.

Take the time to research different breeds and when you come into the shelter ask the staff for their recommendations.

Can you afford to care for your pet?

Caring for a pet adds up. Food, vet care and proper identification are just some of the outgoing expenses for your pet. Check out our budgeting fact sheet for a good overview on how much it can cost to care for a dog.

Can you spend quality time with your pet?

Do you have the time and energy to care for your pet every day? Do you travel often and find it hard to make time to spend at home?

Animals can get bored just like us – so make sure you make the time to play, run, cuddle and talk to your pet every day. If you are unsure about whether you have the time to care for a pet full time, maybe foster caring is a better option for you?

Taking the time to answer these questions can help you work out whether now is the right time for you to adopt a pet.

Think you are ready to adopt? You can view some of the animals currently looking for their forever homes at