Here at the Humane Society of Central Arizona, we love a happy ending. Adoption success stories are what it’s all about. We are hopeful that every dog and cat here will be adopted, but we always want to make sure that it’s into a forever home. Maybe you are considering adopting a new pet. If so, following are a few things we’d like everyone to consider before you make that decision. When you are ready, we’d love for you to come down and let us help you find your new companion. Shelter pets make the best pets, ask anyone who has ever adopted one. I saw a cute post on Facebook that said “Whoever said money can’t buy happiness, never paid an adoption fee.”
Before you adopt at pet:
1) When you adopt, you need to make a real commitment to care for your pet for its entire life, no matter what that entails, just as you would with a child.
2) Be prepared for a pet to affect other parts of your life for as long as you have the pet (can be up to 15 years for a dog and 20 years for cat). Your pet’s well-being should be considered when making all kinds of decisions, including travel, social life, relocating to a new home, adopting other pets, adding new family members, etc.
3)Verify in advance that you’re allowed to keep a pet where you live, especially if you rent or belong to a homeowners’ association. Many property managers have restrictions on the breed of dog or the size and number of pets allowed. Verifying what is allowed first will make it easier to choose an appropriate companion.