Things to Consider When Adopting

  • We’re so happy that you’re looking to adopt a dog or cat! Keep in mind that it is a lifelong commitment so please consider the following before you do. Our goal is not to deter you from adopting but to educate prospective adopters and reduce the number of pets that are given up by well-meaning adopters that didn’t know what it takes to own a pet. 

    Why do you want a pet?
    Are you looking for a companion to join you on your morning run? Do you want someone to cuddle with while you watch your favorite shows? Your answers can help you find a pet that will be a good match for your lifestyle and hopefully avoid an improper match.

    Are you allowed to have pets where you live? 
    If you are allowed to have pets, have you told your landlord that you’re looking to adopt? If you rent, are you planning to move anytime soon? It can be difficult to find a place that allows pets so if you are moving soon it is a good idea to wait until you are in your new pet-friendly home before adopting in the event that you are not allowed to have pets in your new home.

    Do you have enough time for a pet? 
    This is especially important for dogs or puppies. If you are not home very much, you may want to consider adopting an adult cat that will be able to adjust to your busy schedule as opposed to the high energy dog that will eat your sofa if he doesn’t get his daily hike.

    Can I afford a pet?
    Animals require food, annual vaccinations and vet exams and more. On average, its costs $400.00 to $2,500.00 per year to provide basic food, routine vet care and supplies for a dog excluding grooming, boarding and emergency health care. For cats, the annual cost can run from $200.00 to $700.00. Depending on the age of the animal, you may be looking at around 15 years of expenses.

    Who will be responsible to care for the animal?
    To exercise, feed, groom and clean up after your pet. Will you be able to get your pet to the vet every year and as needed for the rest of its life? If you are a parent trying to teach your children responsibility, we applaud you but keep in mind, there is a good chance YOU will be the primary caregiver.

    Is your family ready?
    Is everyone in your household on board with the adoption? If you live alone do you have the time and finances? Does anyone have allergies to pets?

© Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA 2013