There are many things to consider when looking for the right pet. Millions of animals end up homeless every year, so adopting a pet from an animal shelter can be a rewarding experience for the whole family. A variety of animals can be found in shelters aside from cats and dogs, such as ferrets, guinea pigs and birds. Finding the pet that is the perfect match is simple with these basic guidelines.
Lifestyle. Make sure that the potential pet fits into the family lifestyle. If every household member is gone to work and school for most of the day, then an animal requiring less care would be suggested such as a cat or a guinea pig. However, if the family can come to an agreement about dividing up responsibilities then getting a dog may be possible as well. Write out objectives together to decided what is best for all.
Budget. If money is an issue than it is not a good idea to get a dog that requires monthly trips to the groomer or a very large breed that eats a lot of food. Keep in mind the cost of future veterinary care as well.
Experience. Do plenty of research about the type of animal or breed that is most appealing to make sure that it is a good match for the entire family, including how much training it may need.
Find a good veterinarian. Make time to do a little research to find the right veterinarian.
Be ready. Before adopting an animal, make sure you have the basic items needed, such as food, dishes, toys and bedding.
Adopt. Once all the research has been done, head to the local animal shelter and take a look. Make sure to take time and ask questions, have a shelter worker give a history on any animals that appear to be a good prospect. Ask about the animal’s temperament and have the kennel attendant or worker demonstrate.
With these simple steps, adopting a pet that is a good fit is simple and easy. It is a lifetime commitment to a new family member that has a lot of love to give in return.