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Adopt A Pet

Posted By Jaimini Shah     October 20, 2016    

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Millions of dogs enter shelters each year and now you can help rescue one of them and save a life. October is national “Adopt A Shelter Dog Month” to raise awarnes of four million plus dogs entering shelters each year and the high number of them being euthanized. Adopting a dog is one of the best things you can do to help this problem. And an added bonus is that at most shelters the adoption fee has been reduced for this month.
Adopting a pet is a big decision that require lots of time, money, and commitment. Pet ownership can be rewarding, but only if you think through your decision before you adopt a companion.
Ten things to consider before adopting a pet:
Below are ten things that you should consider before adopting a pet:
1. Why do you want a pet?    Make sure you are adopting a pet for the right reason. That you want it and will be the care giver, not for anybody else – your kids or it was given to you.
2. Do you have time for a pet?    They require food, water, exercise, care, and companionship every day of every year. Many animals in the shelter are there because their owners didn’t realize how much time it took to care for them.
3. Can you afford a pet?    There are many costs associated with being a pet ownership - Licenses, training classes, spaying and neutering, veterinary care, grooming, toys, food, kitty litter, and other expenses add up quickly and can be quite pricey.
4. Have you done your homework?    Such as reading about housebreaking, training, behavioral problems, medical emergencies, and daily care of a dog? In addition, do you know what kinds of dogs are best for you and your family or if you should adopt a puppy or an older dog?
5. Can you have a pet where you live?    Many landlords don’t allow pets, and most rental communities have restrictions. In addition, certain types of dogs (e.g. pit bulls, Rottweilers, Doberman pinschers and other imposing breeds) are often excluded from homeowner insurance policies, or the owners aren’t allowed to renew or continue their coverage. Make sure you know if and how you are limited by housing-related policies before you bring a companion animal home.
6. Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet?    If you’re a student, in the military, or travel frequently as part of your work, what are your plans for the dog?
7. Are your living arrangements suitable for the animal you have in mind?    Be sure that your home environment complements the breed you choose. Do you have the space or arrangements for a dog? Do you live in dog-friendly neighborhood? Is there a park or hiking trails nearby?
8. Will you be a responsible pet owner?    Giving your pet the proper nutrition, potential hazards in the home, dental care, regular veterinary care, obeying community leash and licensing laws, and keeping identification tags on your pets. And of course, giving your pet love, companionship, and exercise.
9. Do you know who will care for your pet while you’re away on vacation?    Do you have the proper support system - occasionally you will need some help carrying out certain task? You’ll need either reliable friends and neighbors or money to pay for a boarding kennel or pet-sitting service.
10. Are you prepared to keep and care for your pet for the long haul?    A dog can live for 10, 12, 15 years or longer. When you adopt, you are making a long-term commitment to care for an animal. That said, good people sometimes find themselves in unfortunate circumstances that prevent them from holding onto their pets. If this should happen, be prepared to take a proactive role in finding a new home for your animal companion.

This is a link http://dogtime.com/quiz/am-i-ready-for-a-dog that you can take a quiz to find out if you are ready to adopt a dog. Once you fill out the quiz, it will reveal the ideal animal choice for you and your family.

Visit your local shelter to find your new best friend and please remember the ten things to consider before adopting your pet!


Are You Ready To Adopt A Pet? Ten Questions, Samantha Ellis - http://www.globalanimal.org/2011/03/01/ten-questions-to-discover-if-you-are-ready-for-a-pet/

Am I Ready for a Dog, dogtime.com Find Your Wag - http://dogtime.com/quiz/am-i-ready-for-a-dog

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