Before you Adopt

What to Consider Before Adopting 


Tips to Help You Find the Right Pet




Choosing a new pet is a big deal! Before you bring a new pet into your home, understand that taking on a new pet is also taking on a great deal of responsibility. Remember these things:

  • Properly caring for a pet is a responsibility that everyone in the household must accept.
  • Beyond feeding, watering and veterinary bills, pets also require varying levels of attention and exercise
  • Carefully consider the monetary and time commitments that your family will be taking on before getting a pet.
  • Never leave children alone unsupervised with any pet for the safety of both the children and the pet.


Before You Adopt a Dog

Here are some tips to help you select the right pet for your family and lifestyle:

Do your research FIRST.

Before you actually go looking for a new pet (and see a cute face that you can’t deny!), find out information about different breeds/types for the one that seems most compatible with your family’s lifestyle.  There are a number of books that are helpful, as well as a great deal of information on the internet.

  • Things to consider are:  What was the breed was bred for? In other words, what was the dog’s job?
  • Don’t choose a pet based on its size or how it looks, as those may be misleading.  
    • For example, terriers are a popular group of dogs because most breeds within this group are relatively small. However, because terriers were designed to hunt and kill vermin, they can have a high prey-drive and quite a feisty, energetic attitude to go with it!
    • On the other hand, the Mastiff is considered a giant breed, weighing as much as 200 lbs. However, these dogs are generally very gentle, docile and laid back and make excellent family dogs.


Once you have an idea of the breeds or types that are of interest to your family, consider…

  • What are my family’s expectations of a pet?
    • For example, are you wanting a lazy dog that snoozes by the fire OR are you interested in one that can go running with you each morning or hiking with your family on the weekends? They’re probably not the same dog!
    • It is important to consider your family’s expectations, as well as the pet’s expectations in order to find the pet that’s most compatible to your family’s lifestyle and in order to make a compatible, permanent match.
  • How much mental and physical maintenance would such a pet require?
    • Are you looking for a high, medium or low maintenance pet?

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