Many people take home a new pet, only to find out later on that they might have chosen the wrong animal. As a result, it ends up going back to the shelter and becomes yet another unwanted pet. To prevent this from happening, you should look into your lifestyle and get to know the animal more before deciding to adopt.
Some things to consider include:
- Finances: How much money can you spend on your pet? Can you afford vet bills in the situation that your pet develops health problems, in which the tests and treatments can be extremely expensive?
- Time: Are you working a 12-hour job or are away on business a lot? Do you know anyone who is willing to care for your pet while you are away, such as on vacation? If you are looking to get a dog, would you have enough time to walk it regularly and play with it, especially if it is a high energy breed?
- Space: How large is the home you reside in? How large is your yard, and is it fenced? Would your home be more appropriate for a cat, small breed of dog, or one that is low energy, or is it large and "spacey" enough to accommodate a larger dog breed or a breed that is known to have a high energy level?
- Kids and other pets: Is the particular animal you are seeking to adopt good with young children or any of the additional pets that reside with you?
- Allergies: Do you or anyone else who resides with you have allergies to certain animals, especially dogs and cats?
- Are you able to own a pet where you currently reside: Does your rental community (if you live in an apartment, condominium, or other rented home) prohibit pets or have restrictions on which animals and how many they allow?