With more and more people opting to adopt pets from animal shelters and dog pounds instead of buying them from pet stores and dog breeders, the question of how to adopt a dog is one that comes up with increasing frequency. In most cases, adopting a dog from a shelter or a dog pound is actually a more humane and more compassionate option than buying a pet from a store. When you adopt a pet, you are essentially saving one more animal from being euthanized. In doing so, you help curb the uncontrolled animal population in some small way, even as you help bring a pet home to a loving family.
Of course, adopting a pet is something that should be considered thoroughly. You can't simply adopt a puppy dog from a shelter and expect everything to go smoothly. Adopting a dog is a serious commitment, and just like buying a dog from a pet shop, there are a few issues to consider. Here are some of the most important factors to keep in mind if you are considering adopting a dog.
There's no getting around the fact that pet ownership will entail financial cost, and it can be considerable. You will need to spend on quality food, vaccinations, flea and tick control and deworming treatments, beds, toys, collars, and so much more. You may also have to spend for training classes and health insurance, not to mention the cost of replacing or repairing items your new pet will inevitably destroy.
Although your kids will likely be thrilled at the prospect of having a dog in the house, not everyone in the family may share their enthusiasm. Make sure that your spouse or partner is 100% in agreement with your plan. You will want everyone to share equal responsibility with taking care of your new dog, and if someone isn't keen on the arrangement, resentment and conflict may develop.
Considerable difficulties may come up if you are planning to move to another house any time soon. Bringing your pet along with you can be fraught with challenges, and you will have to arrange for transport, care, and possibly even temporary accommodations. On top of the general stress involved in moving, you will have to consider the stress to your pet as well. If you wish to bring your pet with you to your new home, you will have to make an effort to ensure that the move goes as smoothly as possible for him as well as for your family.
Apart from the money, you will also have to spend considerable amounts of time. You will have to be prepared to stay up way past your normal bedtime and wake up long before you want to get up. Getting up constantly in the middle of the night will also be part of your routine, especially while your pet is still becoming acclimated to his new home, or in the event of an illness. You will also have to factor in the time spent caring and grooming for your pet, walking him, and taking him to the vet.
Perhaps the most important factor in pet ownership is commitment. In many ways, having a pet is almost like having another child to care for. If you want to give your pet the best possible care and attention, you will have to be fully committed to ownership.
All these factors should not dissuade you from owning a pet. If you are ready to deal with these factors, you will find that having a pet is quite a rewarding experience.