Before you add a furry member to your family, you need to ask yourself the question are you ready for a pet?
You walk by the pet shop window and can’t resist the cute faces. You go to your local shelter “just to look.” Before you know it, you and your new friend are heading to the pet supply store to stock up. That’s really the fun part isn’t it?
Okay, back to reality. The decision to bring an animal into your life is a big one, and should not be made lightly.
Estimates put the number of animals killed in shelters around the U.S. each year, at approximately 4 million. There are many reasons why animals end up there, including treating them as “impulse” items. Unlike the shoes that can be returned without consequences, the same cannot be said for the animal that gets returned.
If you really want to share your life with a pet, then the kindest thing you can do for yourself, and your new furry friend, is to think long and hard before you act.
There are so many things to consider, here are some tips to help you
- Do you live alone, or do you share your home with others? This matters because if it’s only you, all the responsibility will be on your shoulders. Having said that, the same may be true, no matter how many people you live with!
- Make sure that everyone who will be living with this new pet is on board. Even if you’ll assume all the responsibilities, life will become very difficult, very quickly, if your family/roommates are unhappy about the new housemate.
- Do you have the time to care for a pet? Raising a puppy properly is a huge amount of work, and please don’t underestimate that.
- Can you afford it? The initial expense of setting up and buying the necessary supplies, is quite high, and doesn’t end there. No matter how young or how healthy your new pet is, things always happen. You must be prepared for unexpected vet visits, illnesses and medication. Pet sitters and dog walkers may be part of the picture as well.
- Research the different kinds of animals you could get as pets. Perhaps you will be interested in one you have never considered.
- Make sure that you get the right type of pet for your lifestyle. If you work 14 hour days and are off with friends every weekend, perhaps now is not the right time to bring an animal into your life.
- There are other ways to enjoy the company of animals if you are unable to commit to one at this time. Why not volunteer at a sanctuary or animal shelter? Most are in desperate need of help, and you get to hang out with the animals. It’s a win-win situation.
Are you ready for a pet – conclusion
Please remember this is a lifetime commitment, so whatever you decide, make sure you are doing the right thing for yourself and your new family member. If you have answered yes to the question are you ready for a pet than I wish you the best of luck and years of joy.