Are you prepared for the commitments that
having a new pet will require?
matter what type, age or temperament of pet
you decide to adopt, you will need to devote
time, money, patience and commitment to
building the new relationship.
Again, what you put into the
relationship will determine what type of
relationship you will have with your little
buddy for years to come.
are many commitments that need to be made to
a new pet.
Also, different pets will require
different levels of commitment.
Being prepared for what will be
needed as part of the commitment and
choosing the animal that will best match the
commitment level that you have to offer will
start you off on the road toward building
this precious relationship with a new pet.
are the commitments involved with adopting a
1. Lifetime Commitment
When you adopt a new pet you make a
commitment to a lifetime of responsible
animals can live 10, 15 and even 20 or more
If you are not willing to commit to
this animal for his entire life then you
should not adopt an animal.
a good relationship with your little buddy
You should plan to spend at least 15
minutes per day with each animal giving him
companionship and play time.
It will also take an extra dose or
two of time at the start of the
3. Exercise Dogs
need exercise and bathroom breaks.
Consider whether you have the time to
walk your dog several times per day.
Do you have a fenced yard where your
dog can go outside and be safe?
Remember that, for a dog, having a
yard does not take the place of having a
relationship with you.
Even dogs with big yards need walks,
play time and time with their humans.
Having a pet requires money.
You can estimate that you will need
to spend about $350 to $500 per year for
Money is required for food, routine
and emergency veterinary expenses, litter,
licensing, dog sitters (if needed), toys,
cat scratch posts, etc.
Dogs and, yes, even cats can be
In fact, if you want the best
relationship possible with your little buddy
you will need to devote time to training.
In this way, you and your animal
friend will build a relationship that works
for both of you.
A dog that learns how to interact
with humans and with other dogs will have a
more enjoyable life. Just like children, pets enjoy and function best when they
know the best way to behave.
All training should be done in a
compassionate way that is built upon
(See the “Training Your Pet”
section on this web site.)
Training your pet will take an
initial investment of time, patience and
possible money, but it will pay off many
times over with a well-behaved and enjoyable
6. Adding to your animal
If you already have companion animals
at home and would like to add another to
your family, be prepared to devote time and
patience to the introductory period.
This is a crucial time.
If you do it right, you will increase
your chances of
having a happy, harmonious animal
Adopting a pet means becoming a
responsible guardian for that life.
These responsibilities include daily
food, exercise and love, as well as regular
and emergency veterinary care.
You will need to license your friend
as required by your local laws.
Spaying and neutering are crucial for
both the good health of your companion
animal as well as for limiting the pet
overpopulation problem which results in the
euthanasia of millions of unadopted animals.
8. Unavoidable problems
Be prepared for unavoidable problems.
Expecting the unexpected will make
having a pet more enjoyable and less
Expect that puppies will have
accidents. Your new puppy may also very well chew up something that you
did not want destroyed.
Your new cat may not know where it
can and cannot scratch in your house.
Your cat will probably throw up on
your carpet occasionally.
Your cat may someday not realize that
urinating on your new pillow is not the best
way to keep everyone else away from
“his” new pillow.
Knowing that that your new friend
does not know that you consider these things
“misbehaving” and knowing how to kindly
and effectively substitute more appropriate
behavior is your responsibility and is
crucial to maintaining your good and loving
relationship with your little buddy.