Unfortunately, many animals are adopted into homes that were not prepared to take on the responsibility of the long term care of a companion animal. This tends to result in abandonment, abuse and neglect. In order to prevent this, we want to be certain that the animals we care for are finding their forever homes. The first step is for you to ask yourself, “Am I ready to adopt?”
Adopting a companion animal is no small undertaking. The animal is completely dependent on you for love and care for the rest of its life, even if you move, get married and/or have kids. Another thing to consider is your personality and expectations of caring for a pet. To put it simply, are you a cat person or a dog person? Are you willing to invest the time in training your companion animal? Will you be home enough to form a relationship with your animal? If you’re renting, are you even allowed to have a pet in the domicile?
Dogs can live up to 15+ years with good care, and cats can live up to 20+. What is your plan for the next 15 to 20 years? Can you truly commit to love and care for a companion animal for that long? Can you afford to care for any illnesses that might come up?
The ‘Am I Ready to Adopt?’ check list:
- If renting, are you allowed to have pets in your rental home? Does your neighborhood or landlord have breed/size restrictions?
- Will you be able to give your animal companion daily exercise?
- Can you afford regular veterinary checkups?
- Is everyone in the home on board with adopting new pet, including existing pets?
- Does anyone in the home have allergies?
- Do you have a plan in place in the unfortunate event that you permanently cannot care for your animal companion?