If you’re looking to adopt a rescue pet, congratulations. There are thousands that are in need good homes. Before jumping in to becoming an adoptive pet parent, there are three things that are important to consider, however.
1. Visit shelters and get to know potential pets. Don’t be in a rush. It’s not necessary to adopt on your visit visit. This is especially important if you have children. They should accompany you on shelter visits to make sure all family members are a right fit for your potential new family member, and vice versa. It’s important to find a pet that not only is compatible with your personality, but one that also fits your lifestyle. Are you the quiet type, or do you want an active pet that keeps you on your toes? Are you away from home a lot? You may not want a pet that needs lots of attention. Do you want a large pet? If so, make sure your home — and your yard — is large enough to accommodate your pet.
2. Consider that your rescue pet may not be properly trained, notes WebMD. You may have to devote considerable time retraining, if you adopt a dog. If you’re looking for a rescue cat to share your life, find out if the cat is litter trained. Also determine if it has a furniture scratching habit to avoid any surprises when you get home. Also, find out if the shelter provides spaying and neutering, vaccines, disease testing and deworming.
3. Prepare for your new pet’s needs in advance. Have dogs microchipped, and provide food and water bowls at home, as well as a chew toy and leash, adds WebMD. A cat will need a litter box, a bed, brush, stimulating toys, and a scratching post if not declawed.