1. Can you afford to feed your pet?
2. What about medical care? Cats and dogs both need annual vaccinations, rabies vaccines and annual distemper shots, and they will need to be checked for parasites regularly, be dewormed and kept flea and tick free. Dogs need to be vaccinated against parvo virus. Cats will need to be tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV. If an unexpected medical emergency should come up, can you afford to take care it of it? If not, what would you do to get the money to pay for the medical bills?
1. Do you have the time to provide your pet with adequate exercise every day?
2. If you do not have a fenced garden, do you have the willingness and commitment to take your pet for daily walks?
3. Cats should have their litter boxes cleaned daily.
4. What about training? If you bring home a puppy, someone needs to be home with it to housebreak it. A puppy can be especially time consuming, and puppies can be quite destructive.
1. Does your housing situation allow pets? Your best bet is to call your landlord and get written permission before making any final decisions on the animal you want to adopt.
2. If your dog is to be kept outside for any extended period of time, will you provide it with adequate shelter during bad weather?
1. Are you planning to keep this pet for its entire lifetime?
If there are any questions or points above that you do not feel 100% comfortable with, you may want to wait until your situation has changed so that you are comfortable with all of the issues above, or re-evaluate your choice of adopting a pet. For example, if you feel like you might not have the time to devote to training a new puppy, but you feel comfortable with all of the other questions above, you could consider adopting an adult dog, or a cat. If you don’t think you are in a position to adopt having read the information above, consider becoming a volunteer with us.