So you really want to adopt a pet or an animal companion? Congratulations! You’ll be in for an exciting and fun time which can change your life for better (or for worse!). We bet that you can’t wait to have another family member and we salute you for considering opening your home to another creature; however, are you truly prepared and ready to adopt a pet?
Adoption can also fail because of unrealistic expectations and a lack of research. If you're really interested in taking in a furry friend from animal shelters and rescues through adoption events, we've put together a list of considerations to help you in your search for the ideal four-legged companion:
Reason for Your Search of Adoptable Pets
Many people go for the adoption of dogs and cats because they're cute. Some individuals adopt a pet for foster or to have some companionship, but it turns out they don't have the means to do so (like to spay or neuter or provide the right food). You basically save a life when you foster a cat, dog, or some other pet.
While your heart may be in the right place when you search for on-site pet adoption through ASPCA or a similar adoption group, you've also got to have the right reasons. The adoption of pets is having a new family member.
When you adopt a pet like a puppy or a kitten, you have to share a part of your day to keep them happy and healthy. Once you've got an adoption furry pal from shelters and rescues, your overall schedule will be significantly affected. When you have an animal depending on you for his needs, your priorities will change. You can't even visit friends and family on impulse!
Reality Vs. Fantasy (Includes the Pet Adoption Process)
Whatever your expectations for pets that are up for adoption from ASPCA or similar groups, you should know that some things may be far from what you expect them to be like once you adopt an animal from ASPCA or other groups. Janet Winikoff of The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County shares: “I would suggest that a person not get hung up on breeds or the age of a dog, cats or other pets. Animals aren't mass-produced.”
Adoption Maturity and Responsibility (A Big Requirement of Local Shelters!)
There will be times when the puppy, kitten, or older cat may not be as cooperative or as nice as you'd want it to be. Once you adopt a pet, whether through shelters or via ASPCA, Petsmart charities, or Happy Tails in your community, you have to be always responsible for it.
Type of Pet to Adopt in an Animal Shelter
There are so many lovable dogs, cats and other adoptable animals out there that are up for adoption. Of course, your preparation depends on what type or breed you’ve chosen to be your new family member. You also have to assess your personality and lifestyle, too.
If you’re a loner and don’t have time for walks, dogs are not ideal pets unless you choose very low-energy pedigrees, as pointed out by Catherine Naber of Cats Canine Academy.
The Need for Training
When you find loving homes for dogs and cats like in the case of adoptions, you also have to factor in training in your search. This is a big concern before adopting a pet. Training puppies and kittens early can help you save a lot on (unexpected) future costs like ruined couches and destroyed drapes!
Search for Space and Location
As regards rescue and shelter adoption, the right amount of space and the proper location is essential. Regardless of the age of your four-legged friend, he'll need room not just to stay in, but also to move around. Like in the case of cats and dogs, you cannot just put them in a tiny area and expect them to stay happy. Remember this during your search for the ideal adopted furry friend!
How financially-prepared are you to adopt an animal? If we're being honest, having pets can cost a lot of money (like when you spay or neuter). Eric McCune of The Bella Foundation shares, “People are often unaware of the overall cost of owning a pet. None of us plan for an emergency but emergencies do happen.”
It's a Lifetime Commitment
Why do you think some pet owners call themselves animal parents? Once you have a cat or dog, he will already be a part of your decision-making in the household. This is why pet adoption isn't something you just do on a whim wherever you are in the country.
Chris Bedell of For Pet’s Sake Animal Rescue says: “We try to help people realize that adopting a pet like kittens and puppies, is much like adopting a child. It's a LONG-TERM commitment that's not to be done on a whim.”
Do Your Research
Not doing enough information digging is one of the top reasons why pets and animals are surrendered or given up by their owners. But what are the things you need to research on? Here is a great tip about doing proper research from Melissa of Daisy’s Animal Rescue League:
“Research the pros and cons about the pet you are getting. Research the breed's needs like grooming, common health issues, temperament with dogs, small animals and children. Energy level. Likes and dislikes. Spay or not? Is it at risk of rabies? Ask these questions when you visit an adoption facility in your community."
Suzie Cyrenne has dedicated more than 20 years of her life in making and improving natural animal health solutions in the global setting.
Being the co-founder of Zumalka, Suzie is a forerunner in enhancing the lives of pets through natural and homeopathic options using the knowledge she has gained from the Classical Homeopathy School in Quebec.
Besides immersing herself in books, personal development and visiting new places, Suzie also enjoys keeping herself in tiptop shape by snowboarding and taking daily hikes with her husband and Zumalka co-founder, Matt Lessard, and their Golden-Doodle, Westin.