Adopting a Homeless Pet is not the same as making a purchase. Before you fall in love with the cute face, take a good look at how you really like to live your life:
- do you like to sleep in or are you an early bird
- is your idea of exercise a walk around the block or an 8 km hike
- how do you feel about walking when it is wet/cold/stormy
- are you an immaculate housekeeper or do you go for the more lived in look
- do you have small children
- how much are you willing to pay for food and treats
- have you checked out veterinary costs
- are you able to do the grooming or will you need to budget for a groomer
- are there already pets in your home
- do you own your home or rent
- do you spend much time at home
- and very importantly: if you have a partner or a spouse, how do they feel about pets?
Some changes are always necessary when a new pet comes into the family. Taking stock of things can help keep perspective so that adopting a new friend is a positive and permanent thing. There are so many homeless pets out there that there really is somebody out there for everyone.
- Once you have decided what type of pet would best complement your family, why not let the experienced folks who do rescue help you in your search?
- After all, it is a challenge to make these kind of choices based on nothing more than a picture and a paragraph.
- The application process is normally the same, except of course that there is no immediate name at hand.
- Most rescues do limit the time frame for approval, but with so many animals in need it is unlikely that time period will expire
- Rescues often network with each other too. They might find someone perfect that you were unaware of.
- New pets come into rescue all the time and you could even be offered a chance to adopt before the rescue advertises. This is especially important if you are looking for a girl or a puppy because it is sadly the big guys that seem to take the longest to find their Forever Homes