So, you’re going to adopt a pet! We would like to congratulate you on your decision to take in one of the millions of animals that are living in shelters right now. A pet can be a gift to a home and a family, but a pet is a large responsibility. When taking in a pet, there are ten main things to remember.
1. You and your family have to take a large commitment to take care of your pet for the rest of its life.
2. Be sure that your neighborhood and home is 100% pet friendly. Look into the pet policy that your landlord or homeowner association may have.
3. Make sure to make time for your pets. Bond with your animals and make them feel comfortable in their new environment.
4. Create a safe home for your family member. Pets can be curious, so keep your new shoes and medications out of reach from animals.
5. Research about your pet, and find out about foods and plants that are dangerous to them.
6. Create a safe home by ensuring that pets cannot fall into trashcans or get caught in cabinets. Also, discuss dangers with visitors to ensure the pet’s safety.
7. If you are sharing the responsibilities of your pet with others, make sure to communicate about feedings and/or walks.
8. Set aside a budget for your pet’s expenses. This can include vet care, food, medications, and grooming supplies.
9. Make sure to have your local pet hospital and/or ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center on speed dial in case of emergencies.
10. Take lots of pictures of your pet’s growth. You’ll enjoy them for year to come.