Choosing to adopt a pet is a big decision that should not be taken lightly. Before you decide to take a new canine or feline friend home, please consider the following:
Why do you want to adopt a pet?
Choosing to take home a pet because "the kids want one" or you like the "look" of a certain dog or cat can often lead to tragedy for the pet.
If you are getting a pet for your children, rest assured it will be YOUR pet when it comes to cleaning, feeding, exercising and training the pet. And, when your children are grown up and move away, chances are the pet will remain your pet.
If you are getting a dog for protection, please think again. An alarm system or a secure fence are much better measures to protect your home than a dog. Moreover, making a dog live outside of your house 24 hours a day in order to scare away potential thieves is a cruel, sad life for the dog and can often lead to more aggressive, antisocial behavior on the dog's part.
If you are getting the dog or cat because a particular breed is "hot" or was featured in a movie or TV show, this is one of the worst reasons to get a pet. Many breeds require care and handling that may not fit into your lifestyle and capabilities. Always adopt a dog or cat based on their temperament, personality and physical needs rather than their looks.
Do you have the time to care for a pet?
Dogs and cats are much like small children who will never grow up. They need to be taken care of every day, even if you feel tired or ill. They need to be fed, given water and played with each day to remain normal, happy, well-adjusted animals. A dog can live for 12 years or more, and a cat can live for 20.
Do you have the financial resources for a pet at this time?
Owning a pet is certainly not cheap! It's important to look beyond just the cost of purchasing the animal. In addition to your adoption fee, training and spay/neuter costs, you will need money for food, veterinary bills, license fees, toys, bedding, kitty litter, grooming, and other expenses. Dog and cat owners spend on average over $500 a year. If the animal gets hurt or sick, medical costs can easily exceed several hundred dollars, or even thousands.
Are you able to deal with special problems that might come up with your pet?
There is no such thing as the "perfect pet" or "instant pet." Dogs and cats need to acclimate into a home and they can often wreak havoc on your belongings! Cats can shred furniture and dogs can chew your favorite pair of sneakers. Flea infestations can occur and litter box problems and housebreaking issues will need to be cleaned up! Unexpected medical emergencies can occur with your pet at any age as well and you need to be prepared, both financially and emotionally.
Are you allowed to have a pet where you live?
Many landlords restrict pet ownership for renters and you need to be sure you are allowed to own a pet where you currently rent. Even if you are allowed, be aware that if you need to move, it can often be very difficult to find housing that allows pets, particularly dogs.
Is this a good time in your life to adopt a pet?
If you are a student, in the military or travel frequently, this may not be the best time in your life to bring an animal home. Parents with children under the age of 6 should also give serious consideration to whether or not this is the right time to bring a dog or cat home. Children need to be mature enough to interact with an animal responsibly, both for the child's and the pet's safety.
Do you have the right living arrangement for the pet you have in mind?
If you live in a tiny apartment, adopting a large or energetic dog can be quite a challenge! Likewise, if you live in a high-coyote area, adopting a small dog who will use the yard unsupervised can be quite risky. Make sure that the environment is appropriate for all of the pet's needs. If you don't have a yard, you'll need a safe place where you can regularly walk your dog.
Who will take care of your pet while you are away?
Taking your pet with you on vacation or on business trips isn't always feasible. You'll need friends or family who can care for your pet or the financial resources for a dog/cat sitter or boarding facility.
Do you have the right personality for owning a pet?
Be honest when answering this question. If you are easily stressed out, or a "neat freak," adopting a pet could provide additional unforeseen challenges in your life that you may or may not want to deal with.
If you already have pets, will they welcome a new addition to the home?
Is your current pet dog or cat friendly?
Do they have behavioral issues that you might want to work on prior to bringing them a friend home?
Have you taught your children how to properly interact with a dog or cat? Teaching your children how to properly handle a dog or cat leads to a happy, well-adjusted pet. In general, a child should not be left alone with a dog unsupervised; the majority of dog bites to children occur in the home with a family pet. Cats that are frightened or pestered are also likely to bite or scratch.
Are you willing to put in the time and commitment to properly train a dog?
Dogs do not learn such things as "sit" and "down" automatically from birth. It requires time and care from their owners to help show them proper manners. It can make the difference between having a happy life or surrendering your dog for its unruly behavior.
Have you done your homework on owning a pet?
Reading up prior to getting a pet on such issues as housebreaking, training, behavioral problems and daily care and feeding of a dog or cat are an important first step in adopting a pet.
Will you be a responsible pet owner?
Responsible pet ownership includes spaying or neutering your pets, vaccinating them regularly, licensing them with your city or county, obeying community leash laws, keeping identification on them at all times and training your dog. Loving your dog or cat and giving them plenty of exercise, companionship, healthy food and regular veterinary visits are all part of responsible pet ownership as well.
Top Fourteen Reasons Given for Relinquishment of Dogs & Cats
Dogs 1. Owner moving 2. Landlord does not allow pets 3. Too many animals in household 4. Cost of pet maintenance 5. Owner's personal problems 6. Inadequate facilities 7. No homes available for litter mates 8. Owner has no time for pet 9. Allergies in family 10. Pet illness(es) 11. House soiling 12. Biting 13. Incompatible with other pets 14. Sometimes it's just a broker/peddler with false sob stories when they just got a pet (free to a good home) and are "reselling" them as their own pet for the money, sad but they are all over the internet. In most cases the pet already had major issues to begin with or bought from a breeder whom got their pets from free to good homes and decided to breed already sick adults to make a quick buck and making lots of very unhealthy puppies. And those puppies/dog ends up back in an ad need to be rehome/Relinquishing with another false story.
________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ================================================================================ Être prêt pour un chiot
La décision d'avoir un chiot sera peut-être l'une des plus belles décisions de votre vie - mais elle ne doit pas être prise à la légère. Un chiot apporte beaucoup de joies, de plaisirs et d'affection, mais il exige aussi beaucoup d'attention et de soins. Et, cette responsabilité «grandit» avec le temps.
Avant de prendre votre décision, demandez-vous si vous êtes vraiment prêt. Oui? Tant mieux! Vous et votre chiot allez vivre ensemble d'excellents moments.
Avant son arrivée, vous devez rendre votre maison tout à fait sûre pour votre chiot. Vous aurez aussi également des accessoires à acheter.
La première nuit que votre chiot passera chez vous constituera pour lui comme pour vous un événement inoubliable. Avec un peu de patience, vous saurez rassurer votre chiot face à son nouvel environnement.
Votre responsabilité de maître consiste notamment à lui fournir tout le nécessaire - nourriture, vaccins, jouets, etc. Vous devez aussi lui procurer une marque d'identification qui vous permettra de le retrouver s'il se perd. Avant d'acheter ou d'adopter un chiot, vérifiez aussi que vous possédez les ressources financières nécessaires pour assumer les dépenses de la première année - et des années qui suivront.
Before You Adopt Give This List Some Thought:
1. When you adopt, you need to make a real commitment to care for your pet for its entire life, no matter what that entails, just as you would with a child.
2. Be prepared for a pet to affect other parts of your life for as long as you have the pet (can be up to 15 years for a dog and 20 years for cat). Your pet's well-being will have to be considered in all kinds of decisions, including travel, social life, relocating to a new home, adopting other pets, having children, etc.
3. Verify in advance that you're allowed to keep a pet where you live, especially if you rent or belong to a homeowners' association.
4. Make any necessary modifications to your yard and fence, if you have one, to provide for your pet's safety and to prevent your pet from escaping.
5. Never give a pet as a gift.
6. Choose a pet appropriate to your living situation and lifestyle. Figure out what size, age, and energy-level pet is most appropriate for you.
7. Never adopt a pet on a whim or because you feel it's love-at-first-sight. Do your research and carefully consider all the aspects and implications of adopting before you make a decision.
8. If you're adopting a pet for your kids, understand that the responsibility is yours. Kids, by their nature, often tire of things that were once new and exciting, and this includes their pets. You will most likely end up being the one who provides most of the pet's care.
9. Plan for a several-week adjustment period during which there will be challenges.
10. Provide sufficient exercise and stimulation. (Walk dogs according to individual need, provide playtime and appropriate toys for both dogs and cats, spend time just petting and talking to your pet, include pet in family activities.)