Adopting a pet is one of the best ways to show your appreciation for animals. Not only are you giving a stray a second chance at having a family, but you’re also helping shelters by making room for other rescued animals. On top of that, the adoption fees also help support the shelter.
However, adopting pets isn’t as easy as picking the first dog you liked in a shelter or in the streets. You need to keep a few things in mind so you and your pet gets the most benefit out of the adoption process. Fortunately, these essentials are more about making the right preparations for the years you’ll spend with your new family member.
Make sure you have enough space
You can’t expect to take care of a stray if you don’t have enough space at home for it. Depending on the kind of the animal, you may need a large enough space. Cats are generally content with small spaces. Dogs, especially larger breeds, may require a huge lawn and kennel.
Make sure you have the time
Pets need a lot of love and care. That means having to spend a lot of time with them. You can’t just adopt a pet and expect to do nothing more than fill up the food bowl. You need to bathe them, play with them, or even take them out for a long walk. Adopting a pet is more than a hobby; it’s a commitment.
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See to it that everybody’s on board
Some people make the mistake of adopting a pet without checking if everybody else at home is okay with the idea. If you have a family member that might be allergic to fur or simply doesn’t like having a pet around, it may end up being a major issue later on. And don’t forget your other pets. Some animals are more welcoming than others, which means you may have to make adjustments for your other pets. This can help make the transition from shelter to your home as conflict-free as possible for your adopted one.
Bring it to the vet
Your new pet will require regular vaccines and medical checkups. You may also have to spay or neuter it if the shelter hasn’t taken care of it yet or if it was picked up from the streets. Make sure you can afford veterinary services and have a veterinarian on your contacts list in case of emergencies. You can also consider getting pet insurance.
Prepare for common frustrations
Adopting a pet isn’t all smiles and cuddles. You will have to put up with certain things such as incessant barking at night or scratched up furniture. That doesn’t even include having unwanted visitors when your new pet is in heat! However, that’s all part of taking care of a pet; you get all of it, the good and the bad. House-training greatly helps in this case, but being able to love your pet despite all of these nuances is the most important step in adopting a stray.
Adopting a pet entails making a few adjustments and sacrifices but overall it can—and should—be a rewarding experience. Putting your pet’s welfare as one of your top priorities is the secret to giving your new pet a caring home and a happy life.