By: Jocasta Damson
“Pets are incredibly well loved: according to a 2015 Harris poll, 95% of owners think of their animal as a member of the family” -Time.com. Few things fill up any animal lover’s heart like the moment they lock eyes with their pet for the first time. There’s a feeling of love and acceptance. A human and a companion finds their forever home with each other.
Shelter Pet Or Pure Bred Furbaby?
Choosing a pet to form part of your forever home comes with many considering factors. Do you buy your new housemate from an accredited breeder or do you give a shelter baby a new “leash” on life? Many animal shelter organizations are non-profit and depend on the community to assist in the basic care of these animals. In the US, about 6.5 million pets end up at shelters annually. More people are adopting rescue pets, so this figure is declining. Both shelter and breeder pets enter this world the same way but their journeys are different. Any pet can have a good personality if given the proper amount of affection and discipline.
How Could You “Paw”sibly Choose?
Every animal is unique which makes it difficult to decide which one will mesh well with your household. An important thing to remember when choosing your pet is to do lots of research and make sure you can tend to all the animal’s needs. Your pet will need adequate living space to play and sleep in. Your new friend might have certain eating habits or dietary requirements. Giving enough attention to your pet is also necessary. If you are away from home, toys and treats can comfort your pet and help him/her adjust to the new surroundings. Make sure you find a pet that can fit in with your current lifestyle to avoid neglecting your new four-legged friend.
Good Genes Run In The Family
Researching a certain breed can help to form an image of how big your pet will grow. You will also be aware of which generic ailments the breed is prone to and how to prevent it. Behaviors are genetically seamed into each breed’s personality, it’s important to know this before making a choice. Choosing a specific breed could work for those who need to know whether their beloved pooch will grow up to be the size of a small pony or remain a tiny ball of fluff, such as those who live in small apartments and have strict pet policies.
Silver Adoptions Shed Some Light On Age Appropriate Adoptions
While seniors may not relish at the thought of taking care of a bouncing little pup or kitten, there are shelters dedicated to housing senior animals. For seniors who are feeling the pinch of loneliness, taking on a senior pet may just be that extra boost they need without the hassle of training. Mortality is another reason seniors might be hesitant to adopt an by adopting a pet in the same life phase as themselves, and the companionship can keep depression and other illnesses at bay.
In lots of ways, the animals we pick are a reflection of our true personalities, the best versions of ourselves. Which pet is right for you?