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Tips for New Pet Owners

Getting a new pet is exciting. But unfortunately, too many animals wind up in shelters after the newness has worn off, the owner’s landlord no longer accepts pets, or the responsibilities of pet ownership turn out to be more than what was expected. Before bringing a new animal into your life, please take into consideration the items below, then decide if a pet is right for you.


Before adopting a pet, consider the following:

  • Pets live anywhere from 13 to 20 years when properly cared for. Provisions should be made in the event that your pet outlives you.
  • Make sure that the pet fits with you and your family’s lifestyle, gets along with the kids and other pets.
  • Every new pet should be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and checked out by a veterinarian for preventative care. We vaccinate, spay, and neuter all of our adoption animals prior to adoption. Find a veterinarian if you do not have one already. Make sure we provide you with any vet records for the pet that we may have available.
  • Before you adopt, make sure the total cost of ownership fits into your budget. This includes food and vet care, and may include items such as flea treatments, crates, collars, leashes, cat litter, etc. Fortunately, we provide spaying/neutering and keep our adoption animals current on vaccines, so this saves you some of that expense. The cost of ownership per year for a dog or cat typically ranges from $400 to $700 a year.
  • As a pet owner, you are legally responsible to provide food, shelter, and safety for your pet.
  • If your dog will be indoors while unsupervised, consider crate training, especially if still a puppy.
  • Larger dogs need more exercise than smaller dogs. Take them on regular long walks if they live indoors. This will help prevent behavioral problems.
  • If your dog will have access to a yard, make sure it is fenced in completely.
  • Cats live much longer, healthier lives indoors that outdoors.
  • LOVE YOUR PET. Domesticated animals crave attention. While many animals may have food, water, and shelter, they need love as well. Animals given proper attention and care typically have fewer behavioral problems.
  • Care for them to the end. Many pets in shelters are older animals who are nearing the end of their life, sometimes taken there because the owner could not or would not pay for more expensive care for a senior pet. Not only are senior animals unlikely to get adopted, but a shelter situation, especially after being with a family, is very stressful. Be humane to your pet through the end – take them to your vet, and be there to provide comfort and love in their final moments.