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Before you Adopt

Thank you for considering adoption.

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Following are a few things to consider before you make the decision to bring a new pet into your life.

Why do you want a pet? It’s amazing how many people don’t ask themselves this simple question. Adopting a pet just because it’s “the thing to do” or “the children have been wanting a puppy” can be a mistake. Having a pet is not something to be entered into lightly, and is a commitment of 10, 15, or even 20 years.

Do you have time for a pet? Dogs, cats and other animals require food, water, exercise, care and companionship every day. Many animals in our shelter are here because their owners didn’t realize how much time it took to care for them.

Is your pet a good fit with your family? We ask that you bring your entire family to the shelter to meet with an adoption counselor.  We will discuss your lifestyle (activity level and so on) to help match you with a pet that will suit your family. Please bring your children as well as any canine family members (when meeting new dogs) as well.

Can you have a pet where you live? Pets are not allowed in many rental communities, while other communities may have certain restrictions. Make sure you know what your rental property’s policies are before bringing a companion animal home.

Have you considered the costs associated with pet ownership? The adoption fee is just the beginning of a lifetime of expenses. For example, every dog can benefit from training. Not only does it help to establish a lasting bond, but it also helps your dog understand what you expect from him or her.  You also need to consider both routine and unexpected medical expenses, as well as food, toys, bedding and more.

Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet? Is your routine changing because of a new job, new house or new member of the family? Waiting until you settle down is wise. Pets, like children, thrive with a predictable routine.

Are your living arrangements suitable for the animal you have in mind? Animal size is not the only variable to consider. It is important to also consider the animal’s age and temperament as well. For example, some small dogs, such as terriers, are very active, requiring a great deal of exercise to be calm. On the other hand, some big dogs or older dogs are quite content to lie on a couch all day.