Adopting an animal means making a long-term commitment to care for and spend time with the animal for the animals entire life.
Before adopting, consider the time and money involved in proper animal care.
Will you have the time and patience to exercise and train the animal?
Are you prepared to pay for:
- Accessories; toys, grooming supplies, leashes and harnesses, and bedding
- Veterinary care (when you adopt through us, most of this has been taken care of already); spaying or neutering , flea treatment, deworming, and emergency care?
- Can someone provide for the animal in case of your absence?
If a family decides to adopt an animal, every family member should go to the local shelter together to choose the animal, after the obligations and long-term commitments involved have been carefully considered.
It’s also necessary to be aware of local, state, and federal regulations that govern animal “ownership.” Most communities require annual licensing for dogs and cats, and many require that animals be on the custodian’s property at all times and that they be spayed or neutered.