Please consider the following before you start the adoption process.
- You are responsible for a pet for its entire life
- Dogs and cats usually live 15 to 20 years (depending on breed)
- Do not overlook your time commitment! The needs of a large, active dog are different from those of a gerbil!
- How much time do you have each day to provide grooming, companionship and exercise?
- Remember, companion animals also require companionship from you.
Buying a pet is not the biggest cost. Long-term expenses add up over the years. Costs include:
- Food and pet supplies
- Health care
- Vacation care
- Grooming fees
- Obedience training
- Active pets need challenges, training, tasks and regular exercise.
- Are you an outdoor or indoor personality type?
- Will you enjoy taking your dog for a daily walk? Could daily outdoor exercise become a chore?
- Will the pet be on its own throughout the day? This can be a problem for some dogs and cats.
- Is the size of your home and property big enough?
- Do you travel on business or vacations? Will your pet travel with you or stay in a boarding kennel?
- Do you rent or stay in military housing? If so can you get written permission from the landlord or housing office?
- If you move in the future, will you be taking your new pet with you?
Maintaining Good Health:
Plan routine checkups. Veterinarians will check your pet’s general health, answer your questions and ensure vaccinations are maintained.
Rabies is a fatal disease. Pets are at risk of contracting this illness. Protect your pet and family by vaccinating against rabies. IT IS THE LAW!
NOTE: Should you have ANY questions about the adoption process please contact one of our Adoption counselors @ 940-855-4941