There are plenty of great reasons to adopt a pet, beyond that of companionship and saving a life. When you adopt, you support a rescue organization in their continued efforts to save and care for animals. You open shelter space for another rescue animal and your financial donation helps to fund the work of the shelter. Adopting also provides you with choice. Sheltered animals vary in age and breed. You can select an animal that best fits your personality and lifestyle.
However, there are reasons to not adopt a new pet. As much as we want to encourage you to adopt, if it's for the wrong reason, the decision could do more harm than good.
The bottom line is that a pet/owner relationship is a symbiotic one. Everyone in the household should be prepared to provide for the pet in some way. Now that you know you're adopting for the right reasons, let's move on to choosing that perfect companion.
If you've never owned a pet, the most important part of the adoption process is research. This series of articles will hopefully give you the foundation to make an educated decision. Topics in this series will cover choosing the right pet, questions to ask during the adoption process, how to prepare for a new pet, and what to expect when you bring your new pet home. This is important information for all new pet owners, regardless of any prior experience with pet adoption.
With a little homework, you can find the right pet and ease the transition for everyone. This is an exciting time! Let's get you on your way with our next article, Choosing a Pet