Are You Ready to Adopt?
Wanting to add a new pet to your family is extremely exciting but also a very big commitment. While it is a wonderful thing to want to give an animal a loving home, especially a shelter animal, there are several things you should consider as to not set yourself or the animal up for failure.
Are you prepared for the extra expenses?
Have you considered your budget? There are many financial considerations outside of the initial adoption fee. You should take into account the monthly cost of food, treats and things such as litter. Other expenses like collars/leashes, cages for small animals, a travel kennel, a dog kennel for your home, maybe a nice scratch post for a cat. If the animal isn't already spayed/neutered the cost of this surgery and how you will pay for it, should be considered before you bring home your new pet, as this is a major cost that many people often forget about. Yearly veterinary wellness checkups, vaccinations, flea/tick preventatives, as well as unexpected costs of an accident or developed medical condition is also a major cost factor of owning an animal.
Does your current lifestyle have room for an animal?
The next major thing to consider is your lifestyle, do you work a lot or travel frequently? Some animals are high maintenance, maybe your new dog will need a daily two hour walk. Will you have time to make sure your rabbit gets out of her cage everyday? Can you commit the time to properly teach your puppy manners? Every animal requires daily love and attention, make sure this is a good time in your life to add this additional responsibility. Of course it depends on the type of animal you choose and their current age, but you could be looking easily at a 15 plus year commitment!
Is the animal you want suitable for your family?
Once you are certain you can handle the financial responsibility and time commitment, it's time to take the personality of the animal you are wishing to adopt into consideration. Not every person and animal are suitable for each other for example, maybe you have young kids and the cat you are looking to adopt is shy and terrified of noise and fast movements, that probably would't be a good match. If you don't have the time for long walks, maybe a more settled, older dog would be a good fit.
Are you willing to allow this animal time to adjust?
The last thing we would like you to consider before submitting your application is that all animals will need an adjustment period. Some shy animals may take months before they feel entirely safe with you, others may treat you like a long lost friend. If you are also introducing a pet you already have to a new pet, there also could be a lengthy adjustment period. It's important to take this commitment seriously, a lot of shelter animals have been let down by humans and we aim to make sure that never happens to them again.