Adopting a pet: The basic requirements:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Have identification showing your present address
- Have the knowledge and consent of your landlord, if you rent or lease your residence
- Be able and willing to spend the time and money necessary to provide training, medical treatment and proper care for your pet
Pets are a lifetime commitment!
When adopting a pet, expect ten or more years (maybe twenty!) of unconditional love. Here are some questions to consider before adopting:
- Pets require vet care (annual check-ups, shots, etc.), require proper nutrition, shelter, preventative pet care, exercise and social interaction. Expect annual licensing fees, collars, leashes, litter boxes, food bowls, etc. Will your budget allow for this and unforeseen expenses, such as emergency vet bills? Learn more about what you can expect with lifetime expenses by clicking here.
- Do you have the time to spend with your new pet? Walks. Play time. Grooming.
- Is your home ready? Is your fence in good repair? Does your landlord allow pets?
- Do you have other pets?
- Do you go on extended vacations? Does your work require you to travel out of town?
- What position does your insurance agency take regarding owning a dog?