Things To Ask Before You Adopt

Are you ready to provide a forever-home for a pet? Consider these questions first:

Will you ensure that your pet is spayed or neutered, to decrease the problem of pet overpopulation? Will you provide them with permanent ID (such as a microchip and tattoo?) Will you ensure your pet has access to veterinary care, food, water, shelter, love, exercise, training, grooming, and nail care? Will you abide by city bylaws regarding your pet (licensing, picking up after your dog etc.)?

Do you own your own home or are you renting? Moving frequently can be stressful to pets. If you are renting does your landlord allow pets? Is the space large enough for the pet and breed that you want? Do you have a fenced backyard?

Are you a couch potato? Are you active and enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and camping? Do you work late or go out after work? Ensure that the pet, or breed, that you are seeking matches what you like to do.

Animals require varying amounts of time. Depending on the animal, and even the breed, how much time you have to dedicate to walking, training and exercising? Exercising and mental stimulation for your pet will vary.

Are you planning a move? Going back to school or work? Pregnant? Will something in your life affect the introduction of a pet into your home? If so, maybe it is not the right time.

Are you able to afford the costs of pet care? The average cost for dogs annually is $1,550 (not including one time costs such as adoption fee, spaying, microchipping etc.) and the average for cats is $850 annually. Also remember replacement costs of things such as your favorite shoes.

Are you prepared to commit to your pet for its lifetime? Most cats and dogs have a lifespan of 15 years.

Trying to teach responsibility to your children? Understand that a family pet is a family decision and children will not take on all of the duties involving the pet, even though they will be enthusiastic at first! It is recommended for children to be at least seven years old to actively take part in pet care.