Adopting animals is a great thing to do, but there are some things to consider before you adopt.
Adoption is a big commitment. The best way to make sure your new companion is right for you and that the two of you get along is by taking the time to consider some key factors before adoption. For example, if you want to adopt a dog, but don’t have time in your schedule to take them out on a daily walk or let them out of the house throughout the day, then adopting may not be for you—at least not now.
Adopting an animal can be one of the most rewarding things you do in life, but it’s important that both parties are ready for this kind of long-term relationship.
What kind of animal do you want?
Congratulations! You’ve decided to adopt an animal. This is a big decision, one that will change your life forever. It’s important to make sure you understand the kind of animal you want to adopt. This will determine
- how much space they need
- whether or not they can live indoors or outside
- how big they get
What size space do you have available for your new pet?
Once you’ve decided what kind of pet is right for you, it’s important to think about size. For example, if you live in a small apartment, you probably don’t want to adopt a great Dane. Dogs take up more space than most of us realize, and every dog needs adequate room in which to play and stretch out. Too much time spent locked up in tight spaces can cause behavioral problems—so keep that in mind when considering the size of your living space.
Do you have allergies to consider?
With your allergies in mind, consider the following:
- Do you have allergies to animals?
- Do you have allergies to things that may be present in the animal’s environment (pollen, grass)?
- Do you have allergies to the food that the animal eats?
Do you have children to think about? Will they be a good match?
If you already have children at home, take them into consideration when deciding to adopt a pet. Be sure that your child does not have an allergy to the animal. For example, if your family is allergic to cats, you should not adopt a cat until that allergy is resolved. You also need to ask yourself if you are ready for the responsibility of having a pet and whether or not you can train it. Do you want your child to help with this training? Is your child ready for this level of responsibility? Will they take care of the animal in the way that it needs?
Talk about these things with everyone who will be involved with the pet on a daily basis before adopting. The goal is to make sure everyone understands what their responsibilities will be and how much work will go into taking care of an animal, especially one that has been abused or neglected.
How active are you? Some pets require less activity, while others need a lot of it.
When it comes to how active you are, you’ll probably want an animal that’s a good match for your lifestyle. If the only exercise you get is walking to the fridge and back when you have a midnight craving, then it may be time to consider adopting a cat instead of a dog. However, if you live on a farm and spend your days outside working hard in your fields, then maybe that loyal dog of yours will grow closer to you than even your spouse.
What is your time commitment going to be? This includes everything from getting up early enough to take your dog on walks, play fetch or go to the park, to spending time on the weekends playing with them and taking them out.
- How many people are in your household? Will your pet be alone for long periods of time? Do you have anyone that can let them out if you’re at work for a long time?
- What is your living situation? Do you live in an apartment, a house with a yard, or something else? Where will the animal during the day when you’re not home? Where will they sleep at night?
- How much exercise does the animal need and how often will you be able to walk them or take them to the park/beach/dog park (depending on what type of animal)?
How much can you afford in veterinary expenses? There are always unexpected costs that pop up when you own an animal, so think about what that’ll mean for your budget.
Before you even think about bringing a pet into your life, it’s important to consider what you can afford in terms of the costs of adoption, food and supplies, veterinary care, and more. While it may seem like a good idea to skip out on purchasing pet insurance for your dog or cat because monthly premiums cost money and in some cases can be high, doing so could end up costing you thousands later on. In fact, if your animal gets sick or injured without coverage and requires expensive medical care (such as surgery), it can be financially devastating.
You might be surprised at how much it costs to own a pet—not just in terms of things like food and veterinarian bills, but also travel. There are an increasing number of airlines that charge passengers extra money when they decide to bring their pets with them on vacation or business trips. This is especially true if the pet is large enough that he or she will require their own seat on the plane; however small animals can also cost hundreds of dollars more per flight depending on airline policies!
Can you commit to this pet for the long haul? It’s not fair to others if you can’t. Some pets live longer than others, so what does your lifestyle look like over the next few decades? Will your family grow or shrink significantly in size during that time period? Do you plan on moving soon? All of these things should be taken into consideration when adopting an animal companion!
- Can you commit to this pet for the long haul? It’s not fair to others if you can’t. Some pets live longer than others, so what does your lifestyle look like over the next few decades? Will your family grow or shrink significantly in size during that time period? Do you plan on moving soon? All of these things should be taken into consideration when adopting an animal companion!
There are many issues and questions one must consider before adopting a pet.
Before you start searching for pets online, think about your family’s needs. Does your family include children? How active are they? Do they require a lot of attention? Are they okay with animals coming into their homes?
While there are lots of choices out there, it is important to choose the right pet for you. Animals can bring a lot of joy, but also a lot of responsibility and work. So it’s important to think about all these things before adopting!