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If you are looking to add a new furry member to your family, why not consider adopting? There are thousands of pets in Canadian shelters patiently waiting to find their forever home. Choosing to adopt a pet can be a rewarding experiencing, but before you can make the commitment it is important to ensure it is the right choice for you and your family.

Because adopting a pet can bring on a lot of responsibility, be sure you’re ready by asking yourself the following questions:

Do You Have Everything You Need at Home?

When you bring home your new pet, you will get caught up in socializing with them and ensuring they get situated properly in their new forever home. So before you pick up your pet from the shelter, make sure you already have everything you need, including the following:

  • Food
  • Bedding
  • Toys
  • A carrier
  • Grooming supplies
  • Emergency veterinary clinic contact information

And be sure to pet-proof your home to keep curious pets safe.

Are You Ready for the Cost of a Pet?

Aside from the initial costs of adopting a pet, including adoption fees and the above-mentioned starter pet supplies, it’s important to remember that there are ongoing costs associated with pet ownership. Depending on the pet you’re adopting, these future costs could include the following:

  • Food
  • Litter
  • Replacement toys
  • Vaccinations
  • Neutering/Spaying
  • Medical emergencies
  • Pet health insurance 

Do You Have Time for a Pet?

Some pets require more attention than others. If you are adopting a dog, some breeds require more exercise than others. You may want to consider taking a couple days off from work to help your new family member adjust to its new home.

Keep in mind that depending on the past upbringing of your pet they may have separation anxiety, leading to destructive behaviours. Also keep in mind the lifespan of different animals; cats can live for up to 20 years, so you may want to consider adopting a small rodent if you can’t commit to this amount of time.

Which Pet is Best for Your Family?

Did you know that Siberian Huskies need vigorous exercise several times a day or that Chow Chows can be so loyal that they become aggressively protective towards strangers? It’s important to do your research to find out how some animal species will mesh with your family’s lifestyle. To determine which animal will most easily adapt to your home and family, consider the following:

  • The typical personality and energy levels of the species
  • How your children may interact with the pet
  • The size of your home
  • How the new pet may interact with your existing pets
  • If you live in a condo, whether or not the bylaws say you’re allowed to have that type of animal

If you’re adopting a pet from another province or country, contact us today to discuss how to get your furry friend safe and secure in your arms.