Looking for a new companion in your life? Tired of unreliable human partners? Or looking to add some fun and life to the family? Then you may be in the market for a new pet! Now you may think you already know the exact breed and color dog or kitten you want, or even picked out already at the local shelter. But not so fast! While you may know the pet you want, you might not have the one best matched for you. Run through this checklist to make sure you get the right pet for you.
Do I have the room?
Most people would love a doggy addition to the family, but some breeds need space. If you don’t have the yard space or nearby park, please don’t coop up a large dog. But if you absolutely fell in love with that mastiff and have to have a big dog, then there’s still options. Meet in the middle and look for an older dog. Their energy levels aren’t what they used to be and will usually do just fine in a smaller living situation, and you’ll be helping out a furry friend in need.
Do I have the time to take of it?
Again, you might want that spaniel full of energy but wait, don’t I have kickball on Wednesday nights? And Friday’s are girls night, Monday’s I work late, and Tuesdays Billy has soccer, and… you get the idea. We have our own lives to run too, and some animals may require a little more time and energy than we have room for. In this situation a cat, reptile, or fish may be the more appropriate choice.
And if this list has left you feeling bummed because you now know you probably shouldn’t get that puppy you had your heart set on, fear not! It’s not exactly the same as owning your own puppy but it’s the next best thing. Try fostering! Most shelters have a fostering program as part of their adoption center. Room at the shelter comes and goes and sometimes facilities need volunteers to take on dogs and cats to make room for new arrivals or to transition other animals. This will give you time to spend with a furry friend without the serious commitment and responsibility. It’s a great way to test out owning a pet and see if having the added responsibility of pet ownership to your life is the right call.