Things to Consider

Things to Consider When Adopting

  • Why do I/we want a pet?
  • Is our home suited for the kind of pet we want?
  • Is the kind of pet we’re considering allowed where we live?
  • What would the plan be for our pet if we moved?
  • Are we prepared to make a lifetime commitment (15 – 20 years) to a pet?
  • Can we afford to care for your pet’s health and safety? (Estimated expenses are about $1,000 per year)
  • How will our social life and work obligations affect our ability to care for a pet?
  • What is our plan for our pet during vacation and other travel?
  • Who would be responsible for our pet’s care, feeding, exercise, training, grooming, extra housekeeping and visits to the veterinarian?
  • How might our other pets be affected by a new pet in the household?
  • Does anyone in our home have allergies to pets, pet hair or pet dander?
  • What else is going on in our home right now? Is now a good time to add a new family member?
  • Does everyone living in our household agree about getting a new pet?