Adopting a pet can be a commitment for 10-20 years. It is very important that you consider the financial, emotional, physical & logistical impact of adopting a pet. Timing is also a huge consideration, especially if you have upcoming life changes such as relocation, pregnancy, schooling options, roomate/marriage/family blending, increased or decreased employment, family member responsibilities, etc. Please make sure to adopt responsibly!
Below is courtesy of SSPCA:
Why do you want a pet?
Adopting a pet because the kids have been asking for a puppy or a kitten usually ends up being a big mistake. If you have children under six years-old, for example, you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt a companion animal so that children are mature enough to properly handle and help care for your new pet.
Do you have time for a pet?
Dogs, cats and other companion animals cannot be ignored just because you or the children are too tired or too busy. They require food, water, exercise, care and companionship every day of every year. Thousands of animals end up in shelters because their owners did not realize how much time it takes to properly care for a pet.
Can you afford a pet?
The adoption fee is just the beginning of a lifetime of expenses. A quality diet & routine veterinary care can make a significant impact on your budget.
Don’t forget training, illness, toys, treats, bowls, bed, carrier, petsitting/boarding fees, etc. It is estimated that the average cost per year of owning a cat or dog responsibly is about $1,000.
Can you have a pet where you currently live, and how many times do you think you might move in the next 15 years?
Many rental communities either don’t allow pets or have restrictions as to the type of pets they allow. It is not uncommon for landlords to require an additional deposit if you own a pet. If you might move within the next 15 years, are you willing to move your pet too, and restrict your choice of housing to places where pets are allowed and where they will have the space they require?
Renters face extra challenges when it comes to pet ownership.
Are you prepared to handle: Accidents in the house, soiled or torn furniture and unexpected medical emergencies?
These are common aspects of pet ownership.
How will this pet be cared for while you are away on vacation or business?
You will need reliable friends, relatives or money to pay for a boarding kennel or pet sitter.