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Pet adoption is a huge life decision, and yet many over-excited folks jump into the arrangement with spontaneity and unbridled joy. Of course, most animal lovers can relate to this impulse. All we need to provide for a sweet, innocent pet is love, right? 

Of course, beyond simply adoring a new pet, an acknowledgement of this lifelong commitment is required. But what exactly does that mean when it comes to preparing for pet adoption?

Can’t Live Without You

It is one of life’s greatest privileges, but owning a pet has far-reaching and long-lasting responsibilities.

Generally speaking, it’s best if the decision is not made impulsively. Take your time deciding which kind of pet suits your lifestyle, and consider whether or not you’re able to financially provide for all of a prospective pet’s needs.

Fur-ever, Forever

Depending on the species, some pets can live up to two decades (and sometimes longer!). If you have doubts regarding the ability to dedicate your time, energy and savings toward the health and well being of a pet throughout the many stages of life, it may be best to wait. 

Fostering is an incredible way for animal lovers to give back to animals in need, without the long term commitment of pet adoption.

Meaningful Cohabitation

Before you violate a lease agreement, obtain landlord permission. Also, apartment dwellers need to commit to several outside opportunities each day for pet dogs to relieve themselves and exercise. 

A pet owner with a house and an enclosed yard should go outside with their pet for the first few months. This gives your pet the confidence and security they need, but may also limit their interest in digging under fences, or jumping over gates. 

What About Me?

Not all pets get along. If you already own an animal (or more), it’s crucial to slowly acclimate everyone already living with you. Cultivating a truly peaceful multi-pet household may be more challenging than anticipated. Take it slow, and never force interactions.

Firm Ground

Pet adoption is exciting, but for the process to go smoothly, the following gear and supplies are necessary:

  • Age-appropriate food
  • Feeding station (stainless steel or ceramic water and food bowls)
  • Bathroom (a cat should have 1 litter box plus 1 more; dogs need to be potty trained to go outside but don’t forget to buy baggies and a pooper scooper)
  • Collar, ID tags, leash, harness
  • Crate
  • Bedding
  • Toys
  • Grooming tools, such as toothbrush, pet toothpaste, nail clippers, brush, comb, etc.

Pet Adoption & Healthcare

Veterinary care can be paid for with health insurance or CareCredit. Emergency services are not only stressful, but life-saving measures can be financially difficult for many pet owners. 

Maintaining regular wellness visits supports preventive care (vaccinations, parasite prevention, dental health, nutrition, etc.), and can prevent sizable health problems from taking over.

Other financial responsibilities attached to pet adoption and ownership may include:

  • Training and socialization
  • Doggie daycare or boarding
  • Licensing
  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Microchipping
  • Preparing for an emergency or natural disaster

Here For You

It is recommended to have your new pet examined shortly after you bring them home. Request an appointment online and please let us know if you have any questions about pet adoption.