THINK BEFORE YOU ADOPT
Things to consider...
(Courtesy of the Plano Animal Shelter)
Please ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I really want a dependent for the next 10-15 years?
- Do I have the patience to house train an animal? Do I know how to house train an animal?
- Do I want to be involved in basic obedience training that will make life easier for both of us?
- Do I have the spare time in my day or evening to spend returning my pets\' companionship needs?
- Who will care for my pet when I am away?
- What happens if I am late getting home?
- Can I commit to exercising my dog at least twice a day?
- Can I afford approximately $150 per year in basic health-care costs (annual shots, check-ups, heartworm preventative)?
- Can I afford the unexpected expenses for illnesses or accidents?
- Am I prepared to perform, or can I afford, grooming, bathing and dipping regularly?
- What if fleas or ticks become a problem in my yard or house?
- Does my budget allow for necessities such as quality pet food, collars, leashes, bowls, carriers and toys?
- What if the personality or size of the pet as an adult is not what I wanted?
- Is anyone in my family allergic to cats or dogs?
- How will life be different with a young, small puppy or kitten or a larger adult animal?
- What if my pet digs in my yard or scratches or claws at the furniture?
- What if my dog barks or howls a lot?
- Am I willing to clean up the messes my pet creates?
- What happens to my pet if I move?
- Does everyone in my family or household like the idea of having a pet?
- What if I have children? How will this affect my pets?