Adding a furry face to your family dynamic is exciting! Taking home a dog or cat from a pet rescue will help an animal in need. However, it is important as the pet’s new owner that you ask yourself a few questions. Owning a pet is a big responsibility, so we have come up with a couple questions to determine if you’re ready to adopt!
Do I have enough time?
Many animals end up in pet rescues because their previous owners simply don’t have the time to properly care for them. If your work requires travel, or you spend more time away from home than you do at home, buying a pet might not be right for you. It’s important to be honest with yourself during this step, because the last thing you want is for the animal to end up in a new shelter.
Am I financially able to care for a pet from a pet rescue?
Owning a dog or cat is a large financial commitment. From food cost to occasional vet bills, the price adds up fast. As a good owner, you want to ensure that you have the money to afford great care without stretching your finances. Check out the average amount spent on cats and dogs by Canadians in 2020 here.
Do I understand my pets needs?
If you are a first time pet owner researching the pets needs and determining how you will care for them is necessary. Dogs and cats have specific needs just like us and as a pet owner meeting these needs is a requirement.
Have I taken my time and found a reputable pet rescue?
Finding a reputable shelter is also something to consider before adopting a pet. Double check that the facility is being run in a clean fashion and the employees are genuinely invested in helping the animals. You can do so by visiting the shelter in person, or checking out online reviews and reports.