There is nothing better than snuggling up with a pet dog or cat on a cold winter night. Who can resist a wiggling little bundle with a wagging tail greeting you at the door each evening, as if you’re the most important person in the world? Pet adoptions don’t need to cost a ton of money, either. There are plenty of pets available at the local shelter. But before you go, you need to really think about what you’re about to do. Begin by asking yourself some questions.
What to Think About
The most important question to answer is why you want a pet in the first place. If you want a pet to cuddle with your choice will be different than if you want a pet to keep up with you as you jog five miles. Figure out what you plan to share with your pet, and how you expect to integrate them into your life. Do you have a stable living setup–enough room for a pet to have its own designated space, or a fenced-in yard? Is your environment safe for an animal? Pets crave attention. Be sure you have enough time to devote to them. Since indoor pets can live up to 18 or 20 years, do you have the financial means to care for them for many years? Check with other family members to make certain they’re all on board with bringing a pet into the home, and that your children are old enough to understand how to behave with pets.
Where to Search
Since approximately 7 million pets enter shelters each year for various reasons, your odds of finding the perfect animal for you and your family are good. Shelter adoptions also offer benefits other than a wide choice. If the pets are not puppies, chances are good they are already house-trained. They are checked for fleas and any other infections, and they are spayed or neutered and updated with shots. These benefits can mean an easy transition into your home.
Cost of Adoption
The cost to adopt from a shelter or rescue operation depends on how much extra care is done while the animal is in their care. Most places require a written application and, in some cases, an in-home visit prior to releasing the animal to your care.
Once you decide to adopt and have found the perfect animal for your family’s needs, take extra care to make sure your animal is kept safe. Always keep a collar and name tag on your pet, microchip them and register the chip with a national agency, and license the pet if your area requires a special license. These final steps will assure that your pet adoption is complete.