There are about 70 million stray animals living in the U.S. Approximately six to eight million of those animals enter shelters every year. Unfortunately, 2.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized every year because nobody will adopt them. The number of euthanized animals could be decreased if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. If you're thinking about adopting, there are some things you should consider before getting a furry companion.
There are a lot of things you'll be responsible for if you adopt a pet. Will you obey leash and licensing laws? Keeping identification tags and having your pet spayed and neutered are just a couple of the responsibilities.
A cat, dog or other furry companion can't be ignored because you're too tired or busy. They require a lot of attention and exercise. You need to give them new food and water each day. A lot of homeless animals are in shelters because their previous owner didn't have enough time to take care of them.
The costs of owning a pet can be expensive. Toys, food, veterinary care, grooming, training classes, licenses, spaying and neutering, cat litter and other costs add up quickly.
If you like to take vacations, have you thought about who will take care of your pet while you're away? If you decide to choose a friend, family member or neighbor, be sure that they're reliable. If you put them in a boarding kennel, be sure you have the money to cover the costs.
Where You Live
Are you allowed to have a pet where you live? Some rental communities don't allow their tenants to have a pet, and if they do, there may be restrictions. Be sure that you know the rules before you adopt. Living Arrangements Your living arrangement should be suitable for the pet you're wanting to adopt. If you live in a small home, getting a big dog wouldn't be suitable. Some dogs require a lot of exercise to be calm, and they may bark if they hear noise. Do some research about the breed of dog you want to adopt beforehand to see if your living arrangement would be suitable for them.
Are you prepared for unexpected events? Animals can catch fleas and cause destruction in your home. Scratching on furniture is common for cats. Unexpected medical emergencies can happen when you least expect it.
Think About Why
Think long and hard about why you want to adopt a pet. A lot of people don't think about this before they adopt, and they eventually realize it was a mistake. Don't get a pet just because your children want one. The pet you adopt will probably live for several years. Will you be able to take care of them for that long?
If you've decided you do want to adopt a pet, there are a lot of places you can look. If you go to North America's largest nonprofit adoption website, you may find an animal you want to adopt. Pet Finder is another website you can check out. Lastly, local animal shelters are another great place to find the perfect pet.