How should you choose your pet from the shelter?
When it comes to adopting a new pet, breed choice is often the first consideration for new owners. However, this is not necessarily the best place to start. Below are some tips for finding the four-legged friend that will be the perfect match for you and your family.
It’s what’s inside that counts!
It is important to stay focused on a few key points when deciding if a pet is for a good match:
- Comfort around children
When you have children, their safety is your priority. If you are considering adopting a pet, be sure to speak to the adoption counselor about your concerns. More often than not, they will be able to tell you which animals are suitable for children and which are not.
- Energy level - high, medium or low?
Your new pet's energy level should complement your own lifestyle and personality. Do you envision adventurous hikes with your new companion, or a quiet and cuddly friend to keep you company while you read on the couch?
If you already have a four-legged companion at home and want to find a friend for them, let the people at your shelter know. This is important to know if you want to keep your home and pets in harmony. Having a house with multiple pets is great fun - just be sure to do an introduction first.
- Going Home
The entire process can take over week, so be patient and avoid impulsive decisions. If you do decide to take a lucky pet home, you’ll need to purchase the appropriate equipment—leash, collar, ID tag, food and water bowls, a bed, a crate, and a few toys.
Questions to ask
- Does the animal have any known medical issues? What was the animal’s behavior at the shelter? Keep in mind that it is normal for pets to be nervous during the first few days in a shelter.
- How did she interact with the shelter staff? What is the best and worst quality of the animal?
Saving the life of an animal and welcoming it into your home is a wonderful thing, but also a major responsibility. Rather than a specific size, color, or age, adopt a pet based on you, your family, and your lifestyle. This will help ensure a successful and long term match, as well as a great adventure!