Adopting an animal is one of the most selfless and rewarding things you could ever do. There are so many pets needing homes across the world, that you’ll never find it difficult to adopt the kind of animal you want. With the phrase ‘Adopt, don’t shop’ being pushed quite often, there are plenty of reasons to give a loving pet a home - and potentially save their lives! However, there are some things you’re going to want to ask before you adopt any animal.
Any medical conditions?
First up, it’s essential to know what you’re getting yourself in for. Does the pet you’ve fallen in love with have any kind of medical conditions? Do they need regular medication or trips to the vets? It’s likely any reputable animal adoption agency will give you this information before you sign on the dotted line, but you should just double-check anyway. If they do have some kind of medical condition, find out if it’s something you’ll be able to afford. How much is the medication? Can the pet still be insured? These are all things to consider before you say yes.
How are they with…?
If you have other pets or any children in the house, then it’s important to make sure your new pet is going to get on with him. A lot of adoption centers will try to integrate animals together so that they can be rehomed somewhere that already has pets. However, some animals are too affected by their past and so find it difficult to get on with other animals. They may also not be too keen around children, especially as little ones are renowned for a bit of rough play. If you do have kids or other pets, ensure you adopt an animal that is going to get on with them.
What is their history?
Some pets have some genuinely terrible pasts, that might make them more difficult to rehome. It may be that they were abandoned or even abused, which can have a lasting impact on their behavior in the future. It’s important to know what you’re getting yourself in for when you adopt, so make sure you find out about their history before you sign anything. Some pets are simply there because the owner couldn’t look after them anymore, and they will be easier to integrate into your home. However, if you do have the time and attention to be able to put into a new pet, one with a dark history could be the pet for you. They’re far more difficult to rehome, and so you could (literally) be saving their lives.
What are the costs?
Many people believe that adopting an animal is free because you’re rescuing them! However, that’s not always the case. In fact, most animal adoption agencies will have their own fees that you’ll need to pay before you can bring your pet home. This may include costs for home visits, to check you’re a suitable owner and any paperwork that needs doing.
These questions are absolutely vital to ask before you bring an adopted pet home. However, once the formalities are out of the way, you can get on with loving your new furry friend!