Adopting a pet cannot be done as easily as turning your palm. Similar to the decision to have a baby, there are many things that need to be prepared before bringing a pet to your home.
Set the intention to adopt
Different from buying from a pet shop, adopting an animal from a shelter has very limited options. The condition of the animal is also ‘as is’. Often there are animals that are emaciated, deformed, or sick because of being abandoned by their old owners. But, adopting an animal from a shelter is a noble act because you can save one life and learn about the concept of unconditional love.
Establish a commitment to maintenance
Establish your and your family’s commitment to caring for pets. Do not let, after being adopted, the animal is harmed or that it is removed because of boredom. Also dig up information from various sources about how to care for pets. You can get information from shelter officers, veterinarians, or the pet lover community.
Prepare financial conditions
Apart from a commitment perspective, financial readiness also needs to be ensured before adopting a pet. In the future, do not let the needs of animals (such as food, vaccines, grooming, and recreation) disturb the financial stability of the family. Look for the shelter closest to where you live and able to provide services as expected. If you are not yet experienced in adopting, choose a shelter that is able to provide a thorough explanation of the condition of the animal, provide tips on caring for animals, including giving recommendations from trusted vets.
Identify the animal to be brought home
Ask the shelter staff about the health conditions of the animals, daily behavior (especially around children), special habits, sterilization, and the types of vaccinations that have been received. A number of shelters provide free sterilization services to make it easier for those of you who want to adopt a pet.