Do you want to adopt a furry friend? You have been thinking about it for months while watching cute videos on Instagram of rescue success stories. From what you can see, pet adoption is the best thing that has ever happened to those who share their stories online. The reality is, what we see online is not in real-time, and although pet adoption is rewarding there is a lot you do not see.
Therefore, it is important to keep realistic expectations concerning adopting a pet if this is something you would like to do. We definitely do not want to discourage you but it is not uncommon for people to adopt a pet that may require extra attention. Pet adoption can be overwhelming and for every success story, there are ones that did not lead to happy beginnings.
At Treatibles we celebrate pet adoption and believe every pet deserves a loving home. We also understand that this can be a stressful process that can induce anxiety for both you and your new adoptee. Are you ready to adopt? What should you consider before you adopt a pet? Also, are you best suited for a dog or cat? There are so many things to consider and it is important to educate yourself first. Ask a lot of questions. Don’t be afraid to send a message to a pet owner who has recently adopted to see if they have any tips.
Here is a checklist that may help you decide if you are ready for pet adoption:
- Can you afford it? Pets are expensive. Even if you buy the cheapest food (although we don’t recommend this — a healthy pet is a happy pet) it can be costly. Does your pet require medication for a condition? Can you afford vet appointments for checkups or other concerns that may arise? Of course, you don’t have to be a millionaire to adopt a pet or own one but you should keep some money aside that is designated for pet care.
- Is your home in order? It is important to bring your pet into a peaceful environment. This ensures an easier adjustment period for all parties. Bringing an adopted pet into a chaotic environment is not a good idea. It also shows that you are not ready to be a pet owner. Remember this is a living being that requires attention, it is basically a child that needs you to survive. Remove clutter from your home, anything that can cause injury or may be ingested. Remember this is a new environment for your pet so anxiety isn’t uncommon. You may also have to take into account behavioral issues that your adopted pet could have.
- Support system? Most pet adoption programs do background checks on you before you are approved for pet adoption. If this is new for you, consider a non-profit that will educate you on pet adoption. They will have programs in place to help you navigate pet adoption. They also will re-home your pet if you decide it is not for you.
- What kind of adoption is best suited for you? Yes, we know you are excited. Take a moment and think about your lifestyle. Also how much time do you have to devote to your new furry friend? Some people opt for an older pet, but they do at times come with extra needs. Maybe a cat is best for you? A younger dog is great but may require walks and a lot of play. What is your lifestyle? Generally, you need to give yourself a few months to adjust. If you are super busy you may not be suited for an energetic pup.
We hope our tips gave you something to think about. We hope your adoption story is full of love. We think our Treatibles Organic Full Spectrum Hemp Oil (Peanut Butter Flavor) – 1000 mg CBD for Dogs is great for an anxious pup! Something you may want to consider if this is something you are experiencing with your adopted pet.