COLUMN: Things to consider when adopting a pet

Are you planning to add a pet to your family?

There are a lot of things to consider before adopting because pets are a lifelong commitment.

Do your research to determine if now is the right time for you to add a pet to your household and what type of animal fits your lifestyle.

What type of pet would be best for your family? There are many animals to choose from – dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, guinea pigs, or fish are just a few of the choices. You should research the animals that interest you to see what it takes to care for them and whether you are able and willing to properly care for their needs, such as what kind of diet they need and how much. exercise they may need.

Some animals require more attention than others. If you have children, how will having a pet affect them? Will everyone in your house welcome an animal?

Take into account where you live – what type or size of animal you have room for as well as their level of activity and whether you own or rent your home. If you are renting, you will need to get permission from the landlord. A large, active dog will not do well in a small apartment, it would be better suited for a larger house with a yard.

You should think about your budget. Can you afford not only the food or items that they might need, such as toys, beds, and cages. There is also the cost of veterinary care. Some pets may also require training, which is another additional cost.

If you opt for a dog or cat, check out local shelters and animal shelters available. There are also rescue groups for many specific dog breeds and other types of pets. Plus, staff at your local animal shelter can help you find the right animal for you. They know the animals in their care and can help you tailor them to your personality and lifestyle.

Whichever animal you choose, remember that you are making a long-term commitment. Your animal is counting on you to take care of them and in return it will shower you with love. Once a pet becomes a member of your family, it is your responsibility to provide a safe, caring, and loving home where their needs are met. If you move, they will have to accompany you.

There are wonderful dogs and cats waiting at the Humane Society of Rome to meet their eternal families, two of these wonderful animals are:

• Meet Opie. He loves to play cat outside. He also enjoys playing with all of his toys and going for long walks. He has very good manners on a leash, he can “sit” and shake on command. He’s home-trained, so make sure you stay consistent with him so that he can continue to be a good boy. Please stop and meet this handsome boy and see if he is suitable for your family.

• Meet Caren, she is a very outgoing cat, when you come to the shelter to visit her she will be so excited to see you that she will do gymnastics in her cage. She loves all the attention given to her, so she should be the only cat in your house.

She’s a recently retired mum of six kittens who have all been granted their forever homes, and now she’s just looking for hers. Please go down to the Humane Society of Rome and ask to visit her, she can be your new best friend.

The refuge is located at 6247 Lampear Road in Rome.

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