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Before you adopt a pet

Before you commit to being responsible for a new pet it’s important to consider the following


 

Why do you want a pet?

It’s amazing how many people fail to ask themselves this simple question before they get a pet. Adopting a pet just because it’s “the thing to do” or because the kids have been pining for a puppy usually ends up being a big mistake.
Don’t forget that pets may be with you 10, 15, even 20 years.


Do you have time for a pet?

Dogs, cats, and other animal companions cannot be ignored just because you’re tired or busy. They require food, water, exercise, care, and companionship every day of every year. Many animals in the shelter are here because their owners didn’t realise how much time it took to care for them.


Can you have a pet where you live?

Many rental communities don’t allow pets and others that do usually have a 10kilo weight limit. Make sure you know what they are before you adopt.


Avoid impulses

There are so many gorgeous dogs and cats in need of a home that it is easy to get caught up with the cute factor! Remember that cute puppy face could grow to be a Great Dane! Take some time to think about what’s important to you in a pet. Before you come make a list of what you want, what you don’t want, and what you can compromise on–before you even look. A little pre-thought will go a long way to ensuring a good fit for both parties.


Rely on the AWLQ shelter staff for advice and knowledge.

Pet stores that support back yard breeders view each pet as a potential sale, while shelter staff, are invested in every animal they help and want to find a home that will work best for all parties.