Are you ready to adopt a pet?
By Lara Shannon. Certified dog trainer and behaviourist, and PETstock Ambassador.
The thought of getting a new pet is exciting for anyone, however thousands of pets still end up in shelters each year.
Before adopting or fostering a pet, it’s important to do your homework, assess your lifestyle and choose the right pet to suit.
Pet ownership is a long-term commitment that requires time and effort to ensure they get the training, companionship and care they need. Other companion pets, such as cats, rabbits and guinea pigs, also have their own unique needs, so it’s important to understand what these are for any type of animal you are considering.
Researching breed-specific needs for dogs, cats or even rabbits will help you better understand a pet’s common temperaments, health issues and dietary requirements. This will also help you to understand their mental and physical needs and how much company they require.
If you are looking to rescue an animal, you’ll need to understand any behaviour issues the pet may have and ask yourself if you are prepared to put in the time and money that may be required for training and veterinarian care.
There are several other areas of your life you will need to evaluate when considering animal adoption.
While this may sound like a long list, it helps to know if you are ready for the responsibility of animal adoption and what type of pet is going to suit you best.
Rescue animals make for wonderful pets and deserve a forever home that they can settle into, with someone that is prepared to give them the love, exercise and care they need.