Tips For Finding Your Perfect Pet At The Animal Shelter
Shelters may be the place to find your dream pet, including purebreds.
Choosing the perfect pet to bring into your family home is no easy decision. In fact, some people dream up their perfect animal for years and years before they finally adopt. They think over what type of pet they would like, what they will name them, what type of fun things they will do with their pet once they finally bring them home, and more.
However, when it comes to the question of where you should adopt your pet from, the answer should be a simple one―your local animal shelter.
Animal shelters feature pets of all different ages, colors, breeds and sizes. Whether you are looking for a puppy, a mixed breed, a mature cat or a purebred, shelters all across the country have the pet of your dreams just waiting to be rescued. Plus, by adopting from a shelter, you are saving the life of a pet that could potentially be euthanized due to lack of space or pet overpopulation.
Even if you are looking to bring a purebred animal of a certain kind into your family, there are many available in shelters who, unfortunately, end up being euthanized each and every day.
Luckily, navigating the adoption process is not nearly as difficult as you may think. If you already have a good idea of what type of pet you would like to adopt, there are a few things that you can do to seek out your perfect pet from a local shelter. Here are just a few tips for getting started:
Ask About Their Background
Pets come into shelters for all different reasons―homelessness, the surprise of a new baby in the home, a family member with pet allergies, a lack of time or money from their owners, etc. However, in some instances, it may be because of a particular trait that the animal has, such as not being great with children or semi-aggressive behavior. It helps to try and find out a little history as to why the pet is at the shelter before adopting, that way you know of any personality traits that may influence your home environment.
Watch Their Attitude
Just like when you are out making friends or meeting someone for the first time, you want to feel out each animal and find out which pet personality and attitude meshes best with your own. For an active, outdoorsy family, a new puppy with tons of energy may be perfect for you. For a senior, a cuddly, relaxed cat may be just the companion you are searching for. Be sure to watch each dog’s attitude when you walk into the shelter.
However, whether or not a dog is a purebred does not determine what type of behavior they will have. Animals in shelters are just as likely to be cuddly and kind as purebred dogs, and they are also just as likely to misbehave. No dog is of greater or lesser quality. It is just like raising kids―put them in a loving environment and set them up to succeed, and they will flourish!
Determine An Ideal Age
Most families that are thinking about adopting an animal gravitate towards puppies and kittens. Without a doubt, these animals are cute and fun, however they are a whole lot of responsibility. A middle-aged pet between the ages of two and five is a great choice, especially if you do not have a lot of experience with young animals. Be sure that you pick an ideal age for your pet that is realistic for both your daily schedule and energy levels.
If you want more information about the benefits of adopting a pet from an animal shelter, be sure to contact the Texas Alliance for Homeless Pets today.
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