Adoption Tips

Before You Adopt

Before you adopt, it’s always a good idea to do your research and find out more about the tendencies and personality traits of any dog or cat that interests you. Every animal is an individual, but there are general breed characteristics that may influence how that animal behaves. You should also consider the age, size, exercise requirements, grooming needs and potential health concerns of each breed. Click on any link to read more about the topic.

Pets add fun, companionship and love to our lives, but they’re also a big responsibility. Choosing to add a pet to your family is a very important decision. Sometimes, adopting a pet may be too much added responsibility if you’re experiencing other life changes at the same time. Take this quiz to assess what’s happening in your life now, and in the near future, to help you decide if this is the best time to adopt a pet.

Answer true or false if the following events have either occurred in your life in the past six months, or if you think they may occur in the coming six months:

If you are like most of us, falling in love with a pet is easy. Pets give us unconditional love and loyalty, and provide constant companionship. Adopting a pet, however, is a big decision. Dogs, cats and small animals are living beings that require a considerable amount of time, money and commitment — over 15 years worth in many cases. Pet ownership can be rewarding, but only if you think through your decision before you adopt.

Few people can resist the face of a puppy or kitten, and often assume they must start with a baby animal when choosing a pet. Unfortunately, animal shelters often see these adorable animals returned when they are less than one year old because well-meaning adopters did not account for the time and energy required to raise a puppy, or the kitten was more than they bargained for. Most of these adopters could have been more successful with an adult dog or cat that required less effort.

Each breed is descended from a limited number of dogs. Because breeders have sought to create animals that have certain fixed attributes, many purebred dogs today are inbred. Genetically this means that, while not all purebreds have significant health problems, they are predisposed to a range of hereditary and congenital diseases, including skin and eye conditions, allergies, various cancers, cardiac problems, and abnormalities in the kidneys and other organs.