Congratulations on wanting to give a good home to a stray, abused, unwanted or neglected pet. Before you adopt your pound puppy or kitty, it is important to understand the following:
♥ Pets are like babies; they cry, chew, get into things and have accidents. You wouldn't take your child back for these reasons, so please make sure you can commit to your new family member.
♥ Pets are not disposable. They are not something to get rid of when you no longer want them.
♥ Be sure that you have the time and space for a pet. If you rent, you must have your landlord's permission before you adopt a pet.
♥ Adopting an animal means a long-term commitment. Many dogs live to 15 years, while indoor cats can live into their twenties.
♥ Shelter dogs are often not housebroken. They are confined in kennels and even previously housebroken dogs may need a refresher course.
♥ Dogs from shelters are often not well trained. This is your responsibility.
♥ Make sure no one in your home has allergies before you take your pet home.
♥ Animals are a big responsibility. They require feeding, grooming, vet care, exercise and play.
♥ Puppies will grow up! Cute little puppies may become large dogs. Know the breed.
♥ The average adjustment period for a shelter dog to its new home is 3 to 6 months, are you prepared to give them this time? Don't give up on them. These animals truly want to be a part of your family, they just need you to show them how.
♥ All shelter animals have suffered some trauma in their lives. They need LOVE, ATTENTION, PATIENCE and TRAINING.
♥ In return you will receive unconditional love and companionship. Not a bad deal!!
For more things to consider before you adopt see:
Pet Owners Responsibility
Why People Return Pets