Pets are surrendered to shelters by their owners for many different reasons. Our goal is to be sure that the home we find for one of our pets will be a forever home so that they will never have to experience being homeless again. Below is a list of reasons that pets are returned or surrendered to shelters. If you can say yes to any of these reasons please think long and hard as to whether this is the right time for you to adopt. And when the time is right for you we look forward to finding you that right pet.
- Do you know if you any allergies to pets? Sometimes medication or shot alleviate the symptoms but would you be willing to do that to keep your pet?
- Do you have the extra time that a new pet will need of you? Being left in a crate all day is no life for a pet. They need to go potty, get exercise, and have social time with their owners.
- Do you have the finances to pay for the pets required yearly medical visits and vaccinations or for any unexpected illnesses or accidents? It can be expensive so check with your vet about pet care costs to see if you can fit that into your budget.
- If you were to have a baby how would that affect the pet? There are many issues to work through when it comes to pets and babies or small children. Are you willing to put in that extra effort or would the pet have to go?
- If your significant other did not like your pet would you keep it? Not everyone likes pets and not every pet likes all humans. So, what if it wasn’t a fit? Would the pet lose out?
- If you had to move would you take your pet with you? Many renters will not accept pets and finding one that will could be time consuming and expensive. Would your pet now be homeless?
Is the pet a fit for your home and lifestyle? Think about the size of your home, if you have close neighbors that might be annoyed if your dog barks, if you will be able to take your dog for walks to get its exercise even when it is bad weather, and if you are physically able to handle the pet you are wanting.
- Pets don't arrive in the world trained and house broken. Are you prepared for accidents on your favorite rug or carpet, your favorite shoes being ripped to shreds, holes dug in your yard, or your kids toys suddenly covered with tooth marks? Bad behavior is correctable but can take time, patience, training, and extra funds. Are you willing?
- Do you have other animals in the home? The animals you currently have come first so make sure if you bring another pet in the home they are compatible. This is why meet and greets are so encouraged. Sometimes animals may never become best buddies, especially when it comes to cats, but they can learn to respect each others space and not be combative. But, it takes encouragement on your part, lots of patience, and a watchful eye to make sure they keep the peace.