In the latest issue of in, Brandon Mustful, executive director of the Beltrami Humane Society, shared with our readers a “happy tail,” a successful pet adoption involving a kitten now known as Black Jackie.
As our readers and their families perhaps consider whether pet adoption is right for them, Brandon suggests that they discuss the following five points.
1. Time. Do you have enough time to commit to your new pet? Dogs need to be fed two to three times per day, and both dogs and cats need a constant supply of fresh water. Dogs and cats need direct attention every day to be healthy. This attention may include training, exercising, grooming, playing, or lap time. Plus, newly adopted animals may need extra time for bonding during the first few weeks.
2. Space and supplies. Is your current residence well-suited for your new pet? If you are a renter, does your landlord even allow pets? If you are adopting a dog, you should consider what size dog your home can accommodate. Do you have a fenced in yard? If you live in an apartment you will need to have an outdoor area, like a park, nearby so you can exercise your dog. There also are some supplies you will need to pick up even before you get your pet, such as a collar and leash, a crate or carrier, a pet bed, food and water bowls, toys, treats, a brush or comb, and possibly a baby gate.
3. Financial commitment. Can you afford all the expenses that come with having a pet? Animals adopted from your local shelter may be spayed/neutered already and up-to-date on vaccinations, but you will still need to pay for routine veterinary care, licensing, training, food, and supplies. You may also have unexpected costs due to accidents or illness.
4. Getting along with others.Do you have other animals at home? Or small children? You need to consider how your other animals will react to a new pet. You also need to find a pet that will be comfortable around your animals and children.
5. Lifelong commitment. Can you commit to your new pet for its entire lifetime? Cats and dogs can live up to 20 years or longer. As their owner, you are responsible for their care for their entire lifetime. Have you considered what you will do if your lifestyle changes or you need to move? Do you know how you will care for your pet when you travel?
Adopting a new companion is sure to be the start of a happy journey for you, your family and your pet. Follow our tips and you will ensure a smooth transition for your pet from the shelter into your home and family.
For more on the Beltrami Humane Society or to view pets available for adoption, visit the site here.