Many people consider adopting a pet at some point. Whether it is a dog, cat, hamster, rabbit, bird, reptile, or something else exotic, a pet can bring joy to our lives. If you want to adopt a pet, follow the steps below to get the best result. The new family member will be a good fit and each person in the household will know his or her caretaking role.
Step 1: Decide which companion pet you want. Research different breeds of dogs, cats, and other animals to learn about their behavior and required care. Some breeds of animals are more challenging to own than others are so be well-educated before looking for the new pet.
Step 2: Determine whether you want a young or old pet. Kittens and puppies require special care, making the time commitment more intense.
Step 3: With a pet and its age in mind, decide whether the household and lifestyle are suitable. Consider whether the pet will get along with children or other pets in the household. Make sure that family members are not allergic to the pet. Determine whether the house is large enough to accommodate the pet. Think about whether work and school schedules are compatible with feeding and otherwise caring for the pet. Review the household budget and make sure there is enough money for food, vet visits, prescriptions, supplies, and toys.
Step 4: Visit local animal shelters to review the selection of animals in the desired breed. You may be able to initially review these online but should always make an in-person visit. Take all family members on the trip and request permission to play with the animal. Watch for aggressive tendencies and ask questions regarding care and potential health issues.
Step 5: Once you have decided on an animal, purchase food and supplies before bringing it home. Establish pet rules including whether a dog will be permitted on the couch and who will handle feeding, walking, or cage or litter box cleaning.
Step 6: Go back to the shelter to pick up the pet. After taking the pet home, give it time and space to adjust to the new environment and family members. Maintain a quiet routine for the first few weeks to allow the pet to acclimate. Give it a lot of attention and it will soon feel comfortable as the newest member of the family.