“Saving the life of one dog may not change the world, but the world will surely change for that one dog.”
When thinking about adding a pet to the family, it’s important to do your research. Adopting a rescue makes your new pet even that much more special. Not only do you find the gift of a loving animal friend, but you give them the gift of hope and a new forever home. Here are some tips to keep in mind when considering adopting a pet especially during the holiday season.
- Bring your whole family. Make sure everyone is agreeable and will take his or her own responsibility for the new addition to the family.
- Do your homework. Research various breeds and their demeanors along with the care, space and equipment you need to properly care for them.
- Narrow your search online. PetFinder.com is a one great resource to locate local animals that need homes and calling shelters directly is an option too.
- Consider fostering. Fostering is a great way to make sure the pet and family is a good fit before making a final commitment.
- Consider older dogs. Puppies don’t have the best manners so don’t rule out a well-trained and older animal that may better suit your family dynamics.
- Consider your lifestyle. Do you want an active dog or a mellower one?
- Take time to decide. Returning a pet is not like returning a toy or unwanted sweater. This is an important decision that should not be made on a whim.
- Adoption is less costly than a pet store. Adoption fees are minimal and saving a homeless, abandoned animal is priceless. Pet store dogs are mostly obtained from puppy mills and backyard breeders.
- Consider waiting until after the holidays. The holidays are a time often filled with stress, visiting guests and other craziness. It is important to ensure your new furry friend is introduced into a comfortable situation where they can more easily adjust to their new environment.
So when you think of adding a furry friend to your family, think about adopting local from a shelter such as TriCounty or Dezzy’s. Visit us at the GreenMarket on Saturdays to see some of their adoptable dogs and learn more if adopting a loving shelter dog is right for you!