So You Want to Adopt a Pet

If you’re considering taking on a new furry friend, it’s important to do your research. You may have heard that there are hundreds of thousands of homeless pets in shelters across the country, and that adopting is the best way to save them from being euthanized. But what does this mean for you? When it comes down to it, adopting a pet is about finding the right fit – for both you and your new family member!

Will you adopt or shop?

If you’re considering adopting a pet, then you should know that there are many reasons why it’s better than buying one. Adopting means that you are providing a loving home to a pet who would otherwise be homeless. This is very important for the health and welfare of the animal.

Adoption is also better for the environment because it reduces overpopulation and sterilization can be performed on rescued animals instead of killing them unnecessarily. A study conducted by the National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy found that “every time one million dollars is invested in spaying or neutering pets who aren’t already pregnant, an additional $17 million could be saved through reduced animal control costs.”

The average cost of buying a dog from a breeder ranges between $500-$1000 but this does not include food, shelter, toys, or vet care which can easily add another $500 per year to your expenses! Adoption fees vary depending on which organization or shelter you choose but they typically range between $50-$400 per dog depending on their age/health status etc. This includes all vetting costs (vaccinations/spay/neuter) so once again saves money AND helps save lives too!

Consider your family.

There are a lot of considerations to take into account when deciding whether or not to add a pet to your family.

  1. First, what is the lifestyle of your family? Do you have time and energy to spend with an animal? Does everyone in the house contribute equally to taking care of a pet? Are there any allergies that should be factored in when considering which type of animal would work best for you?
  2. Next, what’s the personality of your family? Do you prefer quiet animals who don’t need much attention but are always there for snuggles when needed, or do you want something more active that requires regular playtime and exercise? If so, perhaps consider adopting an older dog instead of getting one from a shelter at eight weeks old (which may already be overactive). And if not sure how much time they’ll get on their own while away at work during the day—a cat might be better than both dogs and cats due to their lower maintenance needs.

Think about your lifestyle.

If you are a busy person, it’s important to know that dogs require exercise and attention. If you’re looking for a pet that can stay outside all day, then dogs probably aren’t for you. Also, consider whether or not having a dog would make sense with your current lifestyle and schedule. Are there other members of the family who could take on some of the responsibilities? Does this mean getting up earlier in the morning? Does this mean taking time away from work? Thinking about these things now will help make sure that adopting a dog doesn’t cause problems later down the road when they become inconvenient or too much work!

Research breeds.

Now that you’ve decided to adopt a pet, it’s time to pick out your favorite breed. There are a few things you should consider when researching breeds:

  1. The characteristics of the breed (i.e., does it shed?)
  2. The needs of the breed (i.e., does it need a lot of exercise or not?)
  3. The temperament of the breed (i.e., is this a dog that likes kids?)
  4. Health issues associated with this particular type of animal (i.e., do they have hip problems?)
  5. Lifespan on average for this type of animal (if it’s longer than 10 years old, make sure you’re ready)

Submitting an adoption application – and be patient.

When you find the right pet for you, be prepared to submit an adoption application – and be patient. Some shelters require a waiting list and will put you on it when they think your family is ready to take in a new member. Other organizations ask for a fee upfront, often referred to as an adoption fee or donation, which can vary depending on the size of the animal and its needs; this money goes toward helping care for other animals at that shelter. Some shelters offer different types of vet checks depending on their budget or resources; some require one puppy-specific exam while others may choose not to do this test at all because of financial constraints.

Make sure the timing is right.

If you’re ready to adopt a pet, it’s important to make sure the timing is right. Adopting a pet is a big commitment and can be expensive. You need to consider whether you have time, money and energy for caring for a new companion.

You’ll also need to think about how much time your family will be spending together with the new addition before committing completely. If you hope for your child or spouse (or both!) to play with the animal frequently—whether that means going on walks or playing fetch—you’ll want someone who has similar interests and tastes in entertainment as yours do.


If you’re ready to go the adoption route, we wish you all the best. You can be sure that your new pet will thank you with unconditional love and a lifetime of happiness. Post your comments below, message us in the Chat Now box, or send us an email at!

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