Before You Adopt

Things to Consider Before You Adopt a New Pet

Please review this information before you adopt to ensure you will be able to properly care for your new companion.

WHY DO YOU WANT A PET?

The Kauai Humane Society wants to make sure all of our animals go to loving homes where they will receive attention and kindness from their families. Before you adopt, we want to make sure that families adopting an animal understand that having a pet is not something to be entered into lightly, and is a commitment of 10, 15, or even 20 years. Pets make great companions and are also a serious commitment.

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. Before you adopt, make sure you will be able to spend time with your pet.

IS THIS PET A GOOD MATCH FOR YOUR FAMILY?

We ask that you bring your family, if possible, 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. You have the option to bring your dog(s) for a meet and greet, but sometimes a new environment is not the best way to introduce new friends. Our staff is happy to discuss slow introductions for new pets in your home, before you adopt.

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.

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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 THIS A GOOD TIME 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.