So you have decided to get a pet and can’t decide if you should purchase a pet from a private individual or adopt a pet from a shelter. Animal shelters worldwide are full of all types of animals who need loving and caring homes. Pets may come with some behavioral or emotional issues; but many are just happy to have a place to call home.
Before you rush out to buy that adorable Dalmatian or darling Yorkie research their behavior and breed. If you are adopting from a shelter visit with the staff and animal to make sure that it’s the breed you are looking for. Some breeds are harder to handle than others so don’t put the cart before the horse.
Before you adopt or buy a dog or cat here are some questions you should consider before making that finally decision.
Do you have room for a small or large breed? Large breed dogs need room to run and romp unless you are an active person consider a pet that is small. If you are cat lover make sure you have ample space for a litter box.
Will someone always be at home? When considering a dog there are many options when it comes to them going outside to relieve themselves? If you are in an apartment where would they be handing their business? If you don’t hold yourself all day, how can you expect your pet to do the same thing? Small breed dogs can be litter trained so if you are in a tight space consider small over large.
Are you ready for a long-term commitment? Each year over 6 million pets in the United States alone are put down. They are abandoned, surrendered or lost. A pet is a long term commitment and they have to be protected and cared for so they do not end up on death row. Are you ready for that commitment?
Are you prepared financially? Pets are like children. They have to be cared for medically, emotionally and physically. You have to also be able to afford to feed them, buy toys and some also need training. There are pet sales in Australia that provide all the accessories needed for your new pet at inexpensive prices.
Consider what you want in a pet and all dogs and cats have different personalities. If you have one that passed away keep in mind you cannot replace them; but you can get another to fill in for the loss. You can love one just like another but never compare the two. Remember puppies and kittens take a lot more work than adult dogs and cats. Nails need to be clipped on both dogs and cats and all animals need to be bathed and groomed. Would you run around without being clean? Your pet shouldn’t have to be dirty either.
If you decide to purchase or adopt think about all of the questions at hand. If you are ready to purchase a pet or adopt than begin to study the breed and type of animal you are looking for. All of them are wonderful; but make sure you have room should you decide to adopt a large breed animal. Always make sure all of the vaccinations are current, spay or neuter and most of all tag or microchip your dog or cat. If they get lost you may never see them again.