Sep 01, 2022 | By, For Pet's Sake
Things potential pet owners need to know before adopting
Are you thinking of adding a pet to your family? More specifically, a rescue? If so, there are some things you should know before making that decision.
Can you afford a pet?
First, know much it costs to adopt. According to the Animal Humane Society, “the total cost of caring for and rehoming animals was more than $9 million last year and adoption fees help offset these costs by covering less than one third of the total.” Here is what to expect when looking to adopt:
Standard adoption fees
- Dogs and puppies: $129‒$767
- Cats and kittens: $39‒$317
- Birds, rabbits, and other small mammals: $9‒$199
But the spending doesn’t stop there. Pets can be expensive, especially if they need ongoing medical care. Make sure you are prepared to budget for your new furry friend.
Are you ready for the responsibility?
Pets can bring a lot of joy to our lives, but they also come with a lot of responsibility. As pet owners, we are responsible for their food, shelter, and much more. We must also provide them with a lot of love, time and attention. It’s also important to think about how much time you’re willing to devote to care and exercise. A high-energy dog, for example, will need multiple walks each day, while a cuddly cat might be content with some affection and playtime. Before taking on the commitment, be sure to do your research and make sure you are prepared to meet their needs.
Do you have enough space for a pet?
If you live in a small apartment, you might not have room for a large dog. And if you have an enclosed backyard, that could be perfect for a dog, cat or something smaller like a rabbit who likes to explore. By taking the time to consider your needs and those of your potential new pet, you can find the perfect match for your home.
What kind of pet is right for you?
There are so many different types of animals to choose from! Think about what kind of personality you are looking for in a pet and find an animal that would be a good fit for your lifestyle.
Research shelters or rescues
Unfortunately, there are a lot of animals, specifically dogs, in need of rescuing from animal shelters. Take the time to do some research to find a reputable rescue or shelter that has adoptable animals. Once you have found a potential pet, it is important to meet with the animal and make sure that there is a good match.
Are you prepared to make a lifetime commitment?
Adopting an animal can be a very rewarding experience. However, it is important to make sure that you are ready for the responsibility of pet ownership. You are making a commitment to care for your new friend for their entire life.
Adapting to their new home
After you have adopted an animal, there are some important steps to take to help your new pet adjust to its new home. These steps include establishing rules and routines, providing a safe and comfortable environment, and gradually introducing your pet to other members of the household. By following these steps, you can ensure that both you and your new pet have a successful adoption experience.
There are so many wonderful animals waiting for their forever homes. If you keep these things in mind, you will be well on your way to finding the perfect pet for your family!
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