A Lifetime Commitment – Are You Prepared?
Most dogs and cats live 10 to 20 years old (or more). Owning a pet is a serious responsibility and a decision that should be well thought out. Before you think of adopting, ask yourself these questions:
- How old you will be in 15 years?
- How many times might you move in the next 15 years? Are you willing to move your pet too, with possible restrictions on housing choices where a pet is allowed?
- What changes might happen in your life? Marriage? Children? Will you be willing to continue spending the time, energy, and money to care for your pet?
- What if your future spouse or children are allergic or can’t get along with your pet?
- If you live in an apartment or condominium, does your lease or house regulations allow pets?
- If you’re getting a pet for children you have now, how old will they be in 15 years? Will you still want this pet after the kids have grown up and moved out?
- Can you afford, and are you willing, to pay for a lifetime of food, bowls, collars, toys, kitty litter, behavioral training, veterinarian visits, vaccinations, and medications?
- Do you have time to feed, train, groom, socialize, clean up after, exercise, play with and offer affection and companionship to a pet?
- Do you have the space for the type of pet you want?
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