GUIDE TO ADOPTING A PET
Making the decision to adopt a pet
- Do not make an impulsive decision – an informed, planned decision is essential.
- Do not be influenced by fashion or cuteness factors
- A pet is a long term commitment
- Do not give in to your children’s demands for a pet unless you are also fully on board with the decision, and willing to commit to caring for and loving the animal for the duration of its hopefully long life- whether the appeal wears off for your children or not.
Before adopting any pet what should parents know?
- Be prepared to teach your children about the responsibilities of pet ownership.
- Find out details about the stages of the animal, so that you are prepared and understand their behaviour (chewing, digging, scratching, need for exercise, house training)
- Be prepared to welcome the pet as a member of your family where all its needs will be met.
- Be prepared for the costs involved – food, shelter, training, vaccinations, health checks
- Be prepared for the work involved – cleaning, feeding, grooming, exercise, time
- Holiday plans
Which Pet should you choose?
- Choose a pet that suits your lifestyle (work all day, tidy house). Make sure that you can give them the time and the attention that they deserve.
- Choose a pet that suits your home environment (flat, perfect garden, townhouse – neighbours)