Questions You Should Ask Yourself

The choice of the animal you welcome into your home sets the stage for a successful cohabitation. This decision becomes especially relevant when you realize, for example, that you do not have enough time to train Fido! Then, with a guilty conscience, you consider giving up your pet even though everyone in the family is attached to him…

That is why the criteria for selecting a pet should be based on your expectations and what you are able to offer this animal. Who knows? Perhaps you will decide to adopt a hamster rather than a dog!

Here are some questions you should ask yourself before choosing your future pet:

  • Who will be responsible for the animal? A pet is a big responsibility for a child alone…
  • How much time can you devote every day to a pet?
  • What is your budget for food, accessories, and care each year?
  • How much room do you have for a new pet?
  • Do you like to run and play with an active pet or do you prefer a quiet, unobtrusive animal?
  • Are you ready to brush your pet regularly or do you prefer a pet with a ready-to-wear coat?
  • Are you ready to care for the animal for ten years? Might your lifestyle change in the short or medium term?
  • Is anyone in your home allergic to animals?
  • Will your pet have to live with children or other animals?
  • Do you prefer an adult animal with a set disposition and who is already trained or a young animal who still requires training?

After answering these questions, you will need to determine what kind of animal you are looking for. Read up on the topic, search the Internet, ask experts questions and speak to the Eastern Townships SPA advisors. It is better to have too much information than not enough!

After your criteria are well established and you begin your search, stay true to your plan and be wary of love at first sight! Once your little one is in your home, you become responsible for him or her for life.