Adopting a pet is a wonderful thing. You get to enjoy all the benefits of having a new family member, including playing with them and showing them love, and they get to have a new forever home. But just because you get to love and raise a pet doesn’t mean you should do it without a few tips. The adoption of a new pet is one of the most exciting things that can happen to a family. Whether you are welcoming a dog, cat, or other pet into your family, there are things to consider when you are adopting. You should always check your local and state laws regarding the adoption of pets and ask questions about the dog or cat you are interested in.
So here are the dos and don’ts for adopting a pet.
Dos For Adopting a Pet
• You’ll save a life
The need for pets is often overlooked and somewhat disregarded. People typically feel like they have to have a pet, or rather, a cat or dog. However, this is not essential for a pet to survive. Cats and dogs need the proper food and shelter but should be fed and cared for like a regular family member. They cannot survive alone and are not to be handled like fragile objects. It is a sad truth that many animal shelters are overrun with adoptable animals. They are overcrowded, which means that many animals are not getting the care they need to be healthy and well-adjusted. In addition, many of the animals have little–if any–chance of finding a suitable home. As a result, these animals are often put to death.
• It doesn’t cost you
Adopt a pet from a shelter, or buy one from a breeder, but do you really know the costs associated with these purchases? When choosing a pet, you may be tempted by the lure of the exotic, but consider the long-term costs involved, such as health problems and vet bills. Adopting a pet can be a long, expensive process, so make sure you have the right pet for you.
Those who have decided that it is time to add a new member to your family may have already begun to research a breed or maybe consider adopting a shelter pet. Either way, you are probably looking to spend as little as possible when you make that decision. Of course, it is important to keep in mind that not all pets are created equal, so it is important to understand what is and isn’t worth spending your money on.
Don’t For Adopting a Pet.
• Don’t Adopt a pet if you or your family are still grieving from a dead or lost pet
If you or a family member recently experienced the loss of a pet, do not adopt a new pet if you are still in the grieving process. You’ve probably seen the research that shows that many dog owners who adopt a new dog meet their dog at some point after the adoption. According to the ASPCA, after 18 months of ownership, a new dog is 18 times more likely to be involved in an injury than a dog that has been with its owner for years. If you are adopting a pet, it is a good idea to wait awhile after the death of a pet to adopt a new one. Oftentimes, adopting a new pet can cause you to feel a tremendous amount of guilt because you are “trying to fill the void the deceased pet has left behind.”
• Don’t assume the worst in someone that is coming to adopt
When a person wants to adopt a pet from you, there are hundreds of questions they will ask, and they will be worried about everything from whether the pet will fit in their home to how much it will cost. But, the most important thing is to make the pet feel right at home, which means being open to the opinions of others.
Some people are scared to adopt a pet because they think they might be killed or have to give up their lives. The truth is that adoptions are a great way to find a friend for life. That said, there is always a chance that things won’t go as planned, and you might have to give up your pet.