Takes research and planning. You should know that it requires more than providing adequate food, water and shelter. You should take your time before deciding to bring a dog into your home. Potential pet owners should consider many things before bringing home a dog.
Having a pet is a long term commitment. You should plan for your pet to be with you for many years, so you must think carefully and seriously before choosing to become a pet owner. Pets bond deeply and will become a member of your family. Adopting means making a life-long commitment which may last 10-15 years.
You must be willing to care for this animal even when your life changes, such as when you redecorate your home, take a new job, perhaps move to a different city or decide on marriage and/or children. Your pet will also need to you look after its’ health and safety. You must be prepared to see that your pet gets proper veterinary care, has food and fresh water, and toys and other items needed for their comfort and welfare.
So before adopting a pet ask yourself:
Not every dog is right for every household. Consider such things as allergies of your family members, apartment restrictions and size of your home before you adopt a dog. Large animals may not be the right choice if you have small children. Small pets may be too delicate for active children. A large dog may need a big yard for exercise and play and wouldn’t be a wise choice for an apartment dweller. Also, if your household already has a pet, consider how they will accept a new pet into the home.
Before you adopt ask yourself:
If you consider matters carefully, and choose a pet wisely you will be rewarded with years of happiness, companionship and unconditional love. Remember, this is not only your life, it is important to the pet you choose. They are looking for “forever” homes.