PET PERSPECTIVE: Are you ready to adopt a pet?

Adopting a pet is a fulfilling, exciting experience, but the decision to add a furry friend to your family should not be entered into lightly. We want every adoption at the Escondido Humane Society to be a lifelong success, and it's always difficult to see pets come to the shelter because their families couldn't care for them or weren't prepared for the responsibility.

If you and your family have decided that it's the right time to adopt a pet, do your research and take the time to consider what type of pet pal will fit best into your lifestyle. Here are some important factors to consider:

Think adoption first: I encourage everyone to visit their local shelter or favorite breed rescue group to adopt. There are hundreds of homeless animals who are waiting for a second chance, and I can personally attest to how wonderful they are.

Your life plans: Be honest with yourself about any big life events on the horizon that may affect your ability to meet your pet's needs. Will you be moving? Will you be expanding your human family? The average life expectancy for dogs and cats is 10 to 15 years, so please be sure you are ready for the lifetime commitment that comes with adoption.

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