LIVING WITH THE ANIMAL FOR A LIFETIME
Are there any health issues related to pet or animal allergies in your family? Do you have someone who can look after the pet if you’ll be gone for a few days? How about the lifestyle you have? Do you often bring people over? Are you okay with the pet possibly peeing on your things or gnawing on your furniture? All of these are issues which pet parents deal with on a day to day basis.
Having a pet is just like having a child. We want to try to help people realize that adopting a pet, is much like adopting a child, it's a LONGTERM commitment, not to be done on a whim, or to be done as a gift for an unsuspecting friend/relative, that may not feel the same way about that particular pet as you do. Do NOT adopt if anyone in the family isn't 100% on board with the idea. This can cause a lot of stress on the dog and the family. We want to make sure every single person that will be involved in that cat or dog’s life wants them. We want a forever home, not a for-now-home. Returning an animal after adoption is hard on everyone but particularly the animal”
Why do you think some pet owners call themselves animal parents? Once you have a pet, that pet will just be like any other member of your nuclear family. The pet will always be a part of your decision-making. How? Every time you bring people at home you have to consider how the pet will react. It would be unfair to banish a pet to its kennel for an entire weekend just because your cousin who has some allergy is staying for a few days. So we have constructed some thoughts before adoption!