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5 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet

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By natadm

Who doesn’t want a pet? If you’re thinking of adopting a pet, you’ll join the more than 68 percent of U.S. homes with at least one pet, according to the 2017-2018 APPA Survey. If you’d like to join the club, it’s important to consider the decision first.

Even if you’re absolutely certain that you’re ready to bring a pet home, odds are there are important things you haven’t even considered. Do you really know what’s involved in caring for the pet of your choice? Do you know how to identify local shelters where you’re most likely to find a four-legged friend for life? Before you choose your next pet, learn about the ins and outs of pet adoption.

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1. Go in With an Open Mind

Chances are you already have a picture in your mind about what the pet you adopt will be like. At the very least, you probably have a preference in terms of which type of pet; for example, you may have decided to adopt a cat, dog, or even a bird. Like many people, you may be looking for a puppy or a kitten, and you’d probably prefer a pet in good shape.

With all of that being said, pets of all ages, breeds, shapes and sizes deserve loving homes. You will be limited to whichever pets are at the shelter on the day you go, and it’s important to keep an open mind while considering them. Refusing to consider an older pet or one who has certain medical conditions could result in missing out on amazing opportunity not only for the pet but for you, so be open to adopting pets that fall outside of your list of desired qualities.

2. Take Your Time Making a Decision

Just because you seem to click with a certain pet at the shelter doesn’t mean you should adopt it automatically. Moreover, just because you feel like you are ready to adopt a pet doesn’t mean you are. Consider these points and give plenty of time and thought to the situation before making a decision:

3. Make Sure You Can Afford a Pet

In the excitement of adopting a new pet, it’s easy to downplay just how much money you’re going to spend on them through the years. Even if you don’t plan on “spoiling” your pet, the costs associated with pet ownership are considerable. Some examples of the common costs of adopting and caring for various pets include:

4. Research All the Needs of the Pet You Want

Another reason to take your time before adopting a pet is because it’s easy to impulsively adopt a pet without really knowing how much care it will actually need. Are you prepared to handle the needs and costs of whichever pet that you’re looking to adopt? Some common needs and their associated costs include:

5. Do Your Research on Local Shelters

In addition to all of that, it is crucial to locate a reputable animal shelter to find your new four-legged friend. When researching local shelters, check into the following:

Adopting a pet is a joyous occasion, but it’s not something that should be taken lightly. By taking your time and giving plenty of thought to the decision, you’re more likely to find a pet you can love and care for properly.