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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)