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Thinking About Pet Adoption? 6 Things to Consider

Are you ready to adopt a furry or feathered friend? We’re here to help. Choosing to bring a pet into your family isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. Along with becoming a loving addition, pets need lots of care. So how do you decide on the perfect pet for you and your family? Here are some considerations for your fur-ever friend.

1. List the reasons why you’re considering a pet.
Are you looking for companionship? To provide a friend for a pet you already have? List your reasons. Once you’re clear about why you want a new pet, you’ll be able to narrow your search more quickly.

2. Know what’s hard about pet ownership.
There’s a lot to love about pets - but they also require a lot of care. So along with the cuddles, cuteness, and companionship, think about the responsibilities that come with caring for a pet. Shedding, possible allergies, pet “accidents” and messes, damage to furniture, chewed shoes, training expenses, food costs, veterinarian visits, your time, and more. When you know what’s tough — as well as what’s rewarding — you’ll be better prepared.

3. Determine if a pet will fit your lifestyle.
Do you live alone or with others? Do you have children or other pets? Do you the space required for the pet you’d like to adopt? Do you travel frequently, and if so, could you take your pet with you? What activities would you like to do with your pet? Considering these factors will help you make the best adoption choice.

4. Call your local animal shelter, pet store, or breeder.
From what kind of organization or company would you like to adopt your pet? Call a representative from your local animal shelter, breeder or pet store to discuss what we’ve done the research and are here to helps you’re looking for, whether the animal has been vaccinated, and fees involved for adoption. Intrigued? Schedule a visit.

5. Observe your potential pet.
Is it friendly? Active or more reserved? Good with children? Good with other animals? Well-behaved? Trained? Watch your potential pet carefully. Ask questions about its interactions, personality, and behavior.

6. Make your final decision.
Are you still undecided? Ask for second visit. If you know which pet you want, discuss when you can take the animal home. Be sure you leave with your new pet’s registration or medical papers.

If you’re looking to adopt, make sure you’ve got an excellent pet insurance plan.Have a question? We’ve done the research and are here to help! To chat with one of our team members, you can call us at (888) 890-1944 or e-mail us at info@directbenefits.com.