What to Look for When Adopting a Pet

What to Look for When Adopting a Pet

Adopting a new pet can be a little like buying a new car. You want to try out all the different makes and models before deciding on the right fit for you. Sometimes the search takes weeks or maybe months before you find the right car – the same is true when adopting a pet. It is important to take your time, because while bringing home a new pet can be exciting, you’re going to have him or her for quite a while, so it’s good to know that your personalities match. Here are some specific things to think about before taking the next step.

Assess breeds realistically

Let’s say you’ve decided you’re looking to adopt a dog. You may have wanted a lab or even a husky since you were little. There’s just something about those big brown eyes when they look at you or that warm fuzzy coat. It’s important to consider these dreams realistically, however. Labs require time and space. They have a lot of energy and often devote that to bad behavior if not used constructively. If you live in an apartment and don’t have a whole lot of time to devote to channeling this energy, maybe you should think along the lines of a smaller breed or a cat, instead. You would be surprised how easy it is to love each one of these animals even though they aren’t what you’ve necessarily been dreaming about for years.

Pet age

When people say, “age is just a number,” they surely are not speaking in reference to pets. A lot of animals age much faster than humans do, and hit old age by the time they’re 10 or 15. It’s important to know that these animals may take more care and could be more ornery than their younger counterparts. This isn’t always the case though. Take the time to talk to those who work at the shelter and ask questions. This is their job and they’re likely to have fallen in love with the pet you’re looking at, so they’ll be eager to answer your questions to help you find your furry friend for life.

Avoid stereotypes

While it’s important to keep in mind a breed’s characteristics, it’s also important to note that social stereotypes are not often true. Not all pit bulls are going to turn on your family – most aren’t, actually. Shelters aren’t the place where the “bad pets” go – you’re very likely to find a great pet that may have otherwise not had a home. Keep an open mind and gather as much information as possible before visiting the shelter you plan to adopt from. This way it’ll be easier to fall in love.

One of the many joys in life rests with the care and keeping of a pet. They love you unconditionally. The important factor in that relationship though, is to find a pet that your personality meshes with. By following these three steps and asking as many questions as possible, you will be sure to not overlook your soul-pet. Ready to adopt? Contact us and we will help you find the friend you’ve been waiting for.           


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