Adopting a pet is a great way to add a furry friend to your home who needs your love and compassion. But, there are a multitude of mistakes that can be made during the pet adoption process that can make it much more complex and complicated than it needs to be. It is important to familiarize yourself with the mistake and avoid making them at all costs. For example, many adoptive pet parents aren’t prepared for the adoption or have expectations that jut aren’t reasonable, among others.
- Decide which age, size, and breed of dog works best for your lifestyle before you visit a shelter.
- An animal shelter is a stressful place for a dog to be, so your dog’s true personality might not be evident at first.
- If this information is available, get the dog’s medical history and learn how it came to be in the shelter.
“Remember, too, that you can adopt pets not only from animal shelters but also from rescue organizations. Both options will often post animals available for adoption online, which gives you a chance to get familiar with the animals before meeting them in person.”