Am I ready to adopt an animal?

Adding a furry friend to your family is an exciting thing and falling in love is easy! Trust us, we know it! We please ask that you thoroughly think and consider ALL scenarios before you decide to take the leap to adopt a pet.

Things to consider:

  • Why do I want a pet? Have I been considering this for a while or did I see a cute picture of an animal and make an emotional decision? The last thing we want is for one of our animals to be adopted and then returned because they were adopted for the wrong reason.

  • Do I currently have the time, money, and commitment to bring a pet into my home?

    • Animals can live 10, 15, or even 20+ years (yes, we've seen it!) so please make sure you are willing to give that animal a life long commitment

    • Do you have the funds to provide regular care for your pet? Food, supplies, vet care, training, boarding, monthly preventatives, grooming. All of these things can add up quickly so please make sure you are prepared to financially care for your pet.

    • We know, life can get busy! But, the last thing we want for our animals is to be left alone or ignored. Dogs and cats are social by nature. They need companionship, exercise, mental stimulation, food, water, care. You are their human, their care taker. They physically need you and cannot survive without you.

  • Are you prepared to set aside some time for training? As much as we wish were the case, most animals are not perfect. We try our absolute best to be open and honest about behaviors that the pet has, but some habits may arise. This is a new environment for them, so please be mindful that some pets act out out of stress or excitement. Are you prepared to show patience and provide them with positive training?

  • Are you allowed to have a pet where you live? While we wish all breeds, shapes, and sizes were accepted in all living situations, sadly this is not the case. Please check with your landlord, leasing office, or HOA to ensure if you are allowed to have a pet and if there are any restrictions.

  • Have you researched the breed? This is such an incredibly common reason why animals are returned. People see a cute puppy and do not give any thought as to how big the dog will get, its exercise requirements, or it's grooming needs. Choosing an animal for emotional reasons (based on looks) can lead to frustration for both the owner and pet. For example- an active dog such as a border collie or Australian Shepard probably would not fare well I a studio apartment. If you are tight on funds, poodles and doodles require regular grooming so they may not be the best fit for you. Of course there are exceptions to every rule. PLEASE research a breed to see if it is a match for you.