Bringing a new pet into your family is an exciting experience for everyone involved, however, there are some things to consider before making this commitment.
- Why do you want a pet?
- How much time do you have to play with/exercise and train your new pet?
- How much time will your pet spend home alone?
- What is your (and your neighbor’s) tolerance for noise, such as barking?
- Does your new pet need to live happily in a busy, active household or with children or older adults?
- What type of pet are you looking for? Different breeds and animals have different personalities and activity levels. It is important to find a match that fits you and your family’s lifestyle. This includes all family members, children and other companion animals.
- Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet?
- Are you living arrangements suitable for the animal you have in mind?
- What is your tolerance level for minor destruction, such as chewing, scratching furniture, knocking items off shelves, and/or housetraining accidents?
Thinking about these things beforehand can help us help you find the best match.