Thinking of adopting a four-legged friend for your family? There are plenty of animal rescues throughout the nation – small and large – that are filled with dogs and cats in need. If you are considering adoption, think about these questions prior to heading to your local rescue:
- What size pet will work best with your lifestyle? If you are looking for a dog and live in a smaller apartment, a large breed such as a Shepherd or a Labrador may not work as well as a smaller breed.
- Are you willing to invest in medical assistance? There are a number of pets left in shelters due to health conditions that may require a decent amount of veterinary aid. Many of these health issues can be treated but require someone who is dedicated to the cause.
- Do you have patience? This question should be addressed when thinking of bringing a pet into your home, whether adopted or not. Depending on the personality of a sheltered pet, often their previous upbringing can determine how quickly a cat or dog responds to training. Have patience and know that a well-behaved pet doesn’t happen overnight.
- Most importantly, are you ready to make a long-term commitment? So many of the four-legged creatures found in shelters are there because a previous owner wasn’t up to the task. Before you decide to adopt, realize what responsibilities will come with your new companion.
Visit Petfinder.com to locate an animal rescue in your area. While adopting a dog or cat may have initial challenges, knowing you are providing a forever home to an animal in need is a reward in itself. Happy adopting!