Editor’s Note: This article was written and submitted by Lyndsay McCabe.
a pet is a big decision for a family or individual, so it should not be
rushed. If you are thinking of adopting a pet for a loved one now, or
at any point during the year, keep these important factors in mind:
Where is the pet coming from?
Local shelters like the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter
swamped with homeless dogs and cats in need that can provide just as
much love and enjoyment as a pet bought from a breeder. There are even
rescue groups for small critters, such as rabbits at the Long Island Rabbit Rescue Group
or turtles at the Turtle Rescue of Long Island.
Is it the right time?
the holidays, most people are busy running around visiting family and
friends, or even going on vacations. If you are thinking of getting a
pet for your family, consider waiting until the hectic events die down
so that you can focus on caring for the animal.
Does anyone in the home or family have allergies?
This is an important question, as it would be the fastest way for a pet to be returned right back to the shelter or store.
Who will take care of the pet?
how long the animal will be alone in the house. If you adopt a dog and
the adults in the home work during the day while the children are at
school, one will need to work out a plan so that the dog will be let out
at intervals during the day to relieve itself and get exercise.
Does the home allow for pets?
apartments have specific rules about owning pets, so be sure to check
if they are even allowed to own a pet there. If you are thinking of
adopting a dog, consider if the home has a secure, fenced-in yard to let
the dog exercise and be sure it will not escape.
Will they have time for obedience training and house manners?
do not come with a manual, and the owner will have to be able to have
the time (and potentially money) to train the dog or go to training
classes. All of their training must be enforced, so be sure the owner
will carry out obedience methods.
How large will the pet grow?
cute little puppy might not be little for long. See how large the breed
(or mix of breeds) will grow to be, and if that could be a problem with
space or small children in the home.
How long will the pet live?
most dogs and cats live between 10 to 20 years, pets like turtles and
tortoises typically live between 30 to 70 years, but some can live
upwards of 100 years. Parrots can also live to 30 years, and some
species such as African Greys can live over 70 years.
Can they afford the pet?
you feel that you (or those you are giving a pet) are ready to adopt a
furry friend, you will need to be able to pay for food, toys, annual
veterinary exams, flea control, grooming, training, and unexpected
Will they be able to care for a pet in the long run?
and kittens are adorable, but new or irresponsible pet owners may find
that the cuteness and novelty will wear off with age.
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