Props to you for deciding to adopt a new pet! Each year, millions of pets are abandoned, rendered homeless and end up in animal shelters nationwide. The need is great for finding families willing to open their home and heart to a secondhand pet and each pet needs their hero to get another chance.
- Many times adoptive pets already have some training and socialization. Some of the work is already done for you!
- The costs to adopt are much less than those to purchase from a pet store or breeder.
- You’re saving a life.
- You’re avoiding contributing to pet overpopulation.
- It is common for adoptive pets to have been given necessary vaccinations, spaying/neutering and other vetting services as part of the adoption fee.
You’re convinced adopting a pet is the best route for you. Now comes the task of finding that one pet that is perfect for you and your family. Here are some tips that may be helpful to keep in mind when you set out to find your new family member.
Choosing a Pet to Adopt
- Adopt a dog that has a similar energy level to you and your family.
- Ask about any existing training the pet may have.
- Ask yourself: “What am I willing to teach?” If you have little desire for training, for example, it is best to not get a puppy, but an older dog.
- Do your research on dog and cat breeds. Not all breeds fit for all situations. Do yourself, and your future pet, a service and complete thorough research before you adopt.
- If you find there is a certain breed of dog you’re looking for, monitor petfinder.com or contact local rescue groups to be on the lookout for you. Rescue staff are typically eager to find their animals the perfect, loving home and will be happy to work with you.
- Don’t have many requirements? Adopt an older pet. They are often overlooked and would love the opportunity to be your new best friend.
Ask the shelter or rescue staff about the pet’s background, if they have any. This will give you good insights into the pet’s personality and it’s just generally nice to know.