If you are thinking about adopting, there is a lot to consider before going through with it. As much as I want everyone to adopt a dog, there are some people who are not ready and/or prepared for one. It’s important to know that you are ready before adopting for the sake of your time and money and the emotions and confusion for the dog. When considering adopting, here are a couple of things to keep in mind:
Am I financially ready?
Money is a must when you get a pet. Yes, you need the money if you pay for adoption, but you will also have to pay for vet visits, toys, food, crates and many more necessities and needs. Many people adopt a dog thinking that it won’t be too expensive, they only go to the vet once a year, right? No. I will admit that I was one of these people. I adopted my dog when I was fresh out of college and had no money. I got by, but I was not prepared for the cost.
Am I mentally ready?
Think of a dog as a baby. It needs to be fed, it needs to be changed (taken outside), it needs attention and love, and it needs to be taught. You need to be mentally ready and realize that having a dog is not all cuddles and kisses. It can be hard work and time consuming, so be aware of the commitment, though, in the end, it will be the best one you’ve ever made!