There’s much to be said for pet ownership. Pets are cute, funny, and loving companions that bring joy and laughter to our lives. In fact, studies show that pet owners are happier and healthier overall than their non-pet owning peers. This does not mean, however, that pet ownership is for everyone.

Although more and more people are opening their hearts and homes to pets these days, it does not mean that pet ownership is right for everyone. To help, the team at Clairmont Animal Hospital have some tips to get you set up for success.

Read This Before Adopting A Pet!

Adopting a pet is a huge commitment that should never be entered into lightly. Take the time to ask yourself the following questions before you make a decision.

Can I commit? Every pet requires daily care and attention, but some need more than others. Will you have time to walk a dog every day, or play with your cat before and after you return home from work? Pets live many years, so If you can’t or don’t want to have part of each day of the foreseeable future devoted to a pet, reconsider pet adoption.

Will a pet fit my lifestyle? Your work schedule, the number of people or other pets in your home, the age of your children, and your travel schedule should all come into play when deciding whether or not to adopt a pet. Be sure to research breeds and speak to shelter or rescue workers before making your final decision.

Is my living situation suitable? Whether you own or rent, live in a house or apartment, or have access to a backyard or green space should play a role in both your decision to adopt a pet and what type of pet to adopt. An older, laid back cat may be more appropriate for an apartment, for example, whereas a herding breed can be a good choice for those with access to a large outdoor area (and plenty of willing human playmates). 

Adopt, Don’t Shop!

Wouldn’t it be incredible to be able to help every homeless pet find the perfect home? Obviously this isn’t possible, but we can make a dent in the homeless pet population by choosing to adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue organization. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact our team for more information on adoptable pets.