Tips for a Successful Adoption

The Lenawee Humane Society reminds you that adding a dog or cat to your family is a big decision and that you should act with your head, as well as your heart. If your family is thinking about getting a pet, please consider these important points:

  • Ask yourself and your family why you want a pet. Discuss your likes and dislikes, so you don't accidentally come home with a pet that may not be the best match for your home. Don't forget - pets can be with you for 10 to 20 years!
  • Teach your family about caring for pets before adopting. Educate yourself and your kids by reading books about pet care. Walking a dog several times a day, cleaning up feces, and feeding and bathing a pet are all part of the ongoing family responsibilities of caring for an animal. Remember, no matter how mature your child is, it is always a good practice to provide constant supervision when your child and pet are together.
  • Make sure your family is ready for the changes an animal will bring into your home. Puppies need a lot of attention and training, can end up chewing household items, and do not remain small for long. Young animals have needle-sharp nails and teeth that can hurt youngsters by accident during play.
  • Learn which type of dog breed would best suit you and your home. Dogs require daily exercise and attention, and the size of the dog should be considered. Some breeds are naturally more bossy or high strung than others. Breeds like Labradors or Golden Retrievers are known to be more even tempered and will usually do well with children. Most toy-sized breeds and touch or noise-sensitive dogs are not suitable for young children. Here is a link to help you decide which dog breed may be right for your home: What dog breed is right for me?
  • Make sure no one in your family has allergies. If you are unsure about your children, have them spend time (several hours, minimum) in the home of pet-owning friends before bringing home a dog or cat.

Additional resources:

Dog Adoption Checklist
Cat Adoption Checklist
Pet Care Costs
Pet Care Videos
Kids and Pets

 

 

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