Before Adopting

​There is no better feeling than entering a shelter and falling in love with a new best friend. Bringing a new pet into your home is always a big decision and one that should never be taken lightly. There are things to consider when adding a new pet to your new home. Our staff and volunteers are here to assist you before you adopt a shelter pet.

Here are a few things to consider:

  1. Is this the right time for you or your family to bring in a new pet into your lives?
    • If you have a lot of responsibilities that take up large portions of your time it may not be the ideal time to bring a new pet home. Pets need time to adjust to their new life and family.
  2. Do I know what kind of pet is the right fit for me and my family?
    • Understanding your lifestyle will help to determine what type of pet would be best suited for you and family.
    • Researching different breeds is important when deciding on ether a Chihuahua or German Shepherd best fits your lifestyle.
  3. Can you afford the pet at this time?
    • Owing a pet requires more than just providing love and food. There are preventative vaccinations as well as wellness check-ups to be done. Grooming, toys, leashes, collars, identification tags, licenses, and litter box supplies can also add to the basic expense of owning a pet. This does not necessarily include other items such as training, crates/carriers, bedding, boarding fees or treats you may wish to purchase.
  4. If you rent or lease, does the agreement allow for pets in the residence?
    • Many rentals don’t allow pets or have restrictions as to the type, size, or weight of the pets allowed.
    • If you are forced to relocate, will you be able to find new housing that will allow your pet as well? Remember, the average life-span for many pets can be as high as 15 years.
  5. Am I prepared to handle difficult situations?
    • Accidents in the house?
    • Soiled or torn furniture?
    • Unexplained medical emergencies?


Owning a pet can be a wonderful experience, but there are a lot of things to consider when deciding to adopt a new pet. We want to make sure the pet has the opportunity to find the right home where it can live out their safe, happy and healthy life.