When it comes to adopting a pet, there are a few things you need to take into consideration. Bringing home a pet, in general, is a big responsibility. However, when it comes to rescuing animals, there are a few extra things you need to be aware of.
Firstly, adopting a pet differs from purchasing one from a breeder or pet store. When adopting, you give an animal in need a second chance at finding a loving home. Rescue animals often come with their own baggage, whether physical or emotional, and you must be prepared for it before taking the plunge.
While adopting a pet is honorable, it’s important to remember that it’s still a big responsibility. Adopting an animal means you are committed to taking care of them for the rest of their lives, no matter the challenges. And your commitment doesn’t end with simply providing them a home with food and shelter – you also need to provide them with love, time, and care.
So, if you’re thinking of adopting a pet, make sure you do your research first. There are plenty of animals in shelters all around Australia, with animals waiting for their forever homes – but not every animal is suited to every home. Consider what type of animal would best suit your lifestyle, and most importantly, make sure you’re ready to commit to taking care of them for the long haul.
Before you bring your new family member home, consider the following.
ARE YOU READY TO HELP YOUR PET THROUGH AN ADJUSTMENT PERIOD?
When adopting a pet, be prepared for an adjustment period while they settle into their new home and routine. Adjusting can vary in length depending on the animal, but generally speaking, it’s best to allow at least a few weeks for them to adjust fully.
Remember that your new pet may have come from a complex background, and it’s essential to be patient and understanding while they transition into their new life with you. They may not be used to being around people or other animals and will need time to build trust and feel comfortable in their new surroundings.
Pet Food Australia Owner & CEO Lee comes from a background in shelter management. He explains, “The pet will need extra attention and patience. You will need to remember that the pet has been used to a different family before. Asking yourself if you are ready for this commitment plays a big role. It requires extra commitment. Pets, just like humans, have feelings. So they will need time to adjust to a New home and a new family. But, don’t worry before you know it; that pet will love you unconditionally.”
Be prepared to put in the time and effort to help your pet through this adjustment period – it’s essential for their wellbeing and will help you form a stronger bond with them in the long run.
ARE YOU PREPARED TO TAKE ON A LIFELONG COMMITMENT?
Adopting a pet means you are committed to taking care of them for the rest of their lives. This includes providing them with food, shelter, love, and care – but it also extends to taking them to the vet for regular checkups and vaccinations and ensuring they have a healthy lifestyle.
Pets are a big responsibility, but adopting one can be an enriching experience. If you’re ready to commit to taking care of your new pet for the long haul, then adopting could be the perfect option for you.
IS YOUR HOME PET-PROOF?
Before adopting a pet, it’s essential to ensure your home is safe and ready for them. This means taking the time to do things like:
- child-proofing any areas they will have access to
- removing any poisonous plants or chemicals from their reach
- ensuring all electrical cords are out of their way
- creating a safe, comfortable space for them to sleep
- making sure the yard is escape-proof
Taking the time to pet-proof your home will help your new pet feel safe and comfortable and will make the transition into their new home much smoother.
DO YOU HAVE A SUPPORT NETWORK IN PLACE?
Having a support network in place is essential when adopting a pet. This includes having someone who can look after them when you’re away or having a friend or family member who is willing to help out if things get tough.
HAVE YOU CONSIDERED DOG TRAINING?
No matter the age of your adopted furry friend, training will start from the very first moment you take the reins. Dogs, in particular, will need to be trained on things like toilet habits, manners, and obedience.
While it may seem like a lot of work, investing the time in training your pet will pay off in the long run. A well-trained pet is a happy pet – and a happy pet makes for a happy owner.
DON'T UNDERESTIMATE YOUR ADOPTED PET
While getting to know your new family addition, remain cautious of their behavior. You don’t know what they’ve been through in the past and what could be a potential trigger for aggressive behavior.
If you’re adopting a dog, it’s a good idea to keep them on a leash in public until you’re confident it won’t exhibit aggressive behavior towards other people or animals.
The same goes for cats – it’s best to keep them inside until you’re confident they won’t run off, get lost, or hurt themselves outdoors.
GET TO KNOW YOUR NEW PET'S NEEDS
Each pet is different, and it’s important to take the time to get to know your new furry friend’s individual needs. This includes things like:
– what kind of food do they like to eat
– how much exercise do they need each day
– what kind of toys do they like to play with
– how often do they need to be groomed
Taking the time to know your pet’s needs will help you provide them with the best possible care and make a much smoother transition into their new home.
ARE YOU AWARE OF THE FINANCIAL COMMITMENT?
Pets have many financial responsibilities – from food and toys, council registrations to vet bills and insurance. It’s essential to ensure you are aware of these costs before adopting, as they can add up quickly.
While the initial cost of adopting a pet may not be too high, you must ensure you are prepared for the ongoing costs of taking care of them.
If you’re from Sydney, be sure to check out Animal Adoption Agency and receive a FREE bag of Pet Food Australia with each adoption.
So, there you have a few things to consider before adopting a pet. Adopting an animal in need is a rewarding experience, but it’s not something to be taken lightly. So, make sure you’re prepared for the commitment before taking the plunge, and most importantly, have fun!