Adopting a new pet is such a happy, beautiful highlight of one’s life. You finally decide to add a new member to your family, have a companion, and begin the adoption process. Of course, it is your decision whether or not you want to adopt from an animal shelter or a breeder. Some people are looking for a specific type breed, or a newborn dog or cat. So, they choose to contact and research breeders. If this is your decision, then be sure to do your research and have an understanding of whether or not a specific breeder is ethical. The last thing any pet lover wants to do is support a business that abuses animals.
On the other hand, many people choose to adopt their pet from an animal shelter. This process comes with many more questions, especially because you never truly know the past experiences, genetics, and breed of the dog or cat you bring home. This can be an uneasy feeling, even when you know that you are rescuing an animal. Therefore, we want to answer some of the most common questions about pet adoption, specifically from an animal shelter or pound.
• What is the cost of purchasing a pet from an animal shelter?
Depending on the animal shelter, pet adoption may cost anywhere from $50-$250 dollars. This is dependent on shelter location, and the breed, experiences, age, and health of the animal. Compared to a breeder, this is very affordable. You may not be purchasing a specific breed and will almost certainly have a mutt for a companion, but you will also not be paying thousands of dollars.
• What is the difference between a shelter and a rescue group?
There are many different types of organizations that will allow for pet adoption. A shelter typically holds many animals at once, typically within a facility. In comparison, volunteers usually house pets when a part of a rescue group. Some organizations will even allow for people to adopt pets directly from the owner, in which the owner posts their pet on the organization’s website and hopes that someone amazing will be able to take care of them.
• How do I know how to choose the right pet for me?
First, decide what type of animal you want to adopt. Some people know they want a large dog, while others base their decision on their connection with the animal. Secondly, take your time meeting and seeing the pets you are interested in. Get to know them, and make sure that you are compatible. Also, ask the organization's staff about the animal’s past experiences, personality, and health. This will help you know whether or not you can effectively take care of the pet!
Do your research, take your time, and good luck! The adoption process can be scary, but there are people willing to help you find the best companion possible.