Bringing a pet into your home should never be a ‘spur of the moment’ decision. But, if after careful consideration, you decide that your family is ready to experience the joy that only a pet can bring, maybe should consider adopting from a shelter.
Over the last decade, the number of people adopting pets from animal shelters has doubled – a sure sign that the warm and fuzzy feel-good factor that comes with saving an abandoned pet is gaining real appeal.
But, before you go out and adopt a pet, there are some important considerations you need to make.
- If you travel a lot and work long hours away from home, it’s probably not the right time for you to adopt.
- If you have a busy daily schedule, then perhaps an adult cat would be the perfect companion for you.
- If you’re planning a major lifestyle change, such as a marriage, moving or a new baby put your pet adoption plans on hold until things settle down in your life.
- Are you prepared to pay for everything your pet needs for the next 10 to 15 years? Food, pet supplies, grooming, and veterinary bills – it can easily add up to thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the pet.