There is a lot to consider before adopting a life long friend. It should not be done on an impulse. It can happen to the best of us. You see a cute, block head pittie, just begging for attention. Or maybe it's a gorgeous Labrador mix whose tail seems to be wagging just for you. You take one look, and the next thing you know, you're walking down the pet food aisle at the supermarket.
If you're like most of us, falling in love with a pet is easy. And no wonder! Sharing your home with a four-legged friend can be one of life's greatest joys. Dogs, cats, and other pets give us unconditional loyalty and acceptance, provide constant companionship, and even help relieve stress after a hard day's work.
Adopting a pet, though, is a big decision. Dogs can require lots of time, money, and a commitment-over 15 years worth in many cases. Having a dog to share your life with can be rewarding, but only if you think through your decision before you adopt a companion.
So you've thought about it, which has brought you to this section. Before you make that decision to bring a furry friend into your life, take a moment to think over these questions:
Sure, it's a long list of questions things to consider. But a quick stroll through a dog shelter will help you understand why answering them before you adopt is so important.
Many of the shelter's homeless animals are puppies and kittens, victims of irresponsible people who did not spay or neuter their pets and allowed them to breed. But there are at least as many dogs at the shelter who are more than a year old and were obtained by people who didn't think through the responsibilities of pet ownership before they got the dog nor did they take the time to train the dog in simple behaviors.
Please, don't make the same mistake. Think before you adopt. Sharing your life with a dog can bring incredible rewards, but only if you're willing to make the necessary commitments of time, money, responsibility, and love-for the life of the pet.
If you're ready to adopt a companion for life, please click the links above at the top of the page to some of our many wonderful dogs available for adoption at Wags Rescue.
If someone tugs at your heart and you would like to meet him or her, please fill out an Adoption Application.