thinking about adopting?
Whether you have decided to adopt a pet or are just thinking about it and aren’t sure, adopting a pet come with a lot of responsibility and it is important you and your family are 100% certain that you can take on this pet for life. Below are some questions and advice towards knowing if you are ready to adopt.
rescue and shelters
Over 6 million animals end up in rescue shelters every year, majority of which are cats and dogs.
In 2011 it is estimated that 7 million animals were turned away from shelters due to overcrowding
Approximately just over 1 million shelter animals were euthanized every year, but the good news is that on average that number is decreasing every year!
Annually somewhere around 3 million shelter animals are adopted, and only just over 700,000 are returned to their original owners.
Around 25% of rescue animals are purebreds
“Moving” and “Landlord issues” are two of the biggest reasons behind animals ending up in shelters, meaning majority of the animals in rescue are home ready!
Quite often adopting from a rescue is cheaper than buying an animal. Rescues include extra medical costs into their fees, including spay/neutering, vaccinations, and other prevention’s and treatments.
*Statistics provided from The Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA
are you ready to adopt?
Knowing if you are ready to adopt can be a difficult thing, you may think there’s never a right time, or you and your family might think you’re ready, but actually aren’t. We’re here to help! All of our volunteers want the right fit the first time. We want to make sure the animal you adopt is the best fit for you and that you can take care of the animal in the unique way it needs.
Is everyone in your family prepared? Discuss with every member of the family. It is important that everyone agrees and would like to adopt. It is also important that you discuss who will be taking on the responsibility of care. Who will clean the litter box or take the dog on walks? Who will responsible for feeding? Does anyone have allergies?
Are you financial stable? While our animal come fully vetted and receive all the medical care they need, pets need annual check ups and rabies vaccinations, as well as flee and tic prevention (heartworm prevention for dogs as well). Food, potentially litter, poop bags, on top of the initial adoption fee and supplies you need.
Are you planning to move or do you move often? Moving is a difficult experience for any pet, let alone a new family friend. Moving is also a stressful experience in general. We understand that emergencies happen, but if you have a move or vacation planned in the near future, we recommend waiting until after to adopt. If you travel often do you have plan for how your pet will be taken care of in your absence?
Do you have pets already? Often animal lovers don’t keep to just one pet. If you have a resident pet it is important to consider how they will react to a new animal being introduced to the home.
finding the right pet
Now you know you’re ready to adopt, you need to find the right pet for your home. Researching the types of animals available for adoption is a great first start. Find out what is available in your area. If you’re unsure what the perfect fit would be contact our team or see us at our adoption days to find a volunteer more than will to help! However here’s some things to consider:
Species - It’s a simple question. Is a cat or a dog the right fit for you home? If someone in the family has allergies make sure to take that into consideration.
Type - Do you have the capability for a high energy animal? If you have young children it is not recommended to get a puppy. Think about the size of your home, can you fit a large animal? Are you early risers and can handle taking dogs on walks? Do you need a highly social animal or an independent one?
Age - The younger the animal the more training they require and the more energy they both have and take. Senior animals are usually quieter and calmer but can occasionally come with additional medical costs.
Number - Kittens are always recommended to go in pairs. It is better for them to have a social partner. Other animals like to be the only animal in the house. How many can you look after?
Training - Do you and your family have the extra time to spend on your animal?
Finally - Do your research! Look on our website or websites like adopt-a-pet.com and PetFinder to look at all the local animals available for adoption, including some non-traditional ones like birds and reptiles. We constantly are full of a variety of pets available, so see if there’s any that you are interested in and then send us and inquiry.