Adopt a Pet
Some Important Questions that May Help Match You with the Best Pet for You
When adopting a pet, it is important to be informed. Knowing what kind of pet you want is the best place to start. The following questions might help you decide.
- Do you want a dog, cat, or some other kind of animal?
- If you rent your house or apartment, are you allowed to have pets?
- Can you afford the maintenance on a pet?
Grooming, shots, food, cat litter, bedding for a small animal, and any veterinarian bills
- If you want a small animal such as a hamster, mouse, rabbit or other rodent…
Do you have small children?
If you have other pets, do you know how to secure the cage so they don’t harm your new rodent?
Do you know how to safely handle a rodent?
Do you know what a rabbit requires in a cage/hutch?
How big will a rabbit get?
- If you want to adopt a bird…
Do you know how to safely handle a bird?
What they need for entertainment, what to feed them?
Most smaller birds don’t live as long as some of the larger birds who may live to be 20 years old or more.
Does anyone in your household have allergies?
- If you want a frog, lizard, turtle, or snake…
Do you know how to best handle them?
What kind of food they require?
What type of environment they need–water, heat, dryness, moisture?
Do you have other pets or children?
Do they eat crickets, vegetables, or rodents?
If you want a snake, do you know how to handle it safely?
Do you know how to secure the cage so it doesn’t get out?
Does it require a certain type of cage?
- If you are adopting a ferret…
Do you have small children?
Do you know what they eat?
Do you have a secure cage? They are very resourceful and can get out of many cages.
Do you have other animals such as cats or dogs that may harm your ferret?
- If you want a cat . . .
Is there anyone in your household who is allergic to cats?
Where are you going to put the litter box?
What does it mean for a cat to be de-clawed?
Do you have other pets that will get along with a cat?
Is it better to get an adult cat or a kitten?
Is your cat going to be primarily inside or outside?
Know the City and County regulations on cats.
- If you want a dog . . .
Do you have children the dog needs to get along with?
Do you have a fenced back yard?
What kind of dog are you looking for?
Do you want a puppy or an older dog?
Do you want a small lap dog, that needs alot of attention?
Or a small indoor dog that is calm, or one that is high energy?
Do you want a medium sized dog that goes both inside and out?
Do you want a dog with a long or short coat?
How much grooming do you want to do? Little or A lot?
Do you want a large dog to go running with, hunting with, or one that just lays around?
Do you want a herding dog?
Do you have a large enough yard for the size dog you want?
If you want a large dog in your house, do you have enough room for it?
If you want a puppy, are you willing to provide the time to house train it, and teach it some basic obedience skills?
If you want a small dog that is primarily inside does it need to get along with other pets?
How many hours are you home during the day?
If you want a medium or large dog, do you have time to walk it everyday?
If you get a puppy make sure you know how big it is supposed to get.
What is a cute puppy could grow to be a very large dog with lots of needs.
If you get a large dog, you need to make sure you can afford to feed and groom it–large dogs can cost up to $100 to groom and they can eat 50-100 pounds of dog food per month. You should prepare to spend at least $50 a month on food for a large dog.
- Make sure you know the local city ordinances. Be aware of ordinances related to pets–registering them, number of pets allowed in the city limits per household, and keeping a vicious dog.