Before you adopt a pet, consider the following:

  • Are you willing to give a minimum of one hour a day to share with this animal?
  • Are you in a position to spend the money for pet care, food, and proper enclosure (fence and/or kennel)?
  • When you take in a puppy or kitten, keep in mind that it will become an adult and may be with you for up to 20 years.
  • If you take in a working breed puppy, when it is full size (60-100 pounds) will all the family members be capable of controlling it? Do you have adequate yard space? Can you dispose of feces regularly?
  • If there are young children (less than nine years old) involved, it is best not to take in an adult pet. Start with a kitten or puppy and train both the pet and the children.

Preventing pets from running at large will reduce the number of people bitten, pets killed in traffic, unwanted litters, and the spread of disease.

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Last Edited: March 2, 2017