Should You Take Her Home?
As you walk through the shelter, you're drawn in by the dozens of charming faces looking at you from their cages and kennels. Each one has a story. Then you come across that one who tugs at your heart the most. The thought, "How can I make this work?" races through your mind. You want to make the right choice. Indeed, thousands of animals are waiting in shelters for new homes, but the best thing you can do for them is to make sure you've considered a number of things before making a commitment.
- Do I have any big life changes coming up? Whether it's a move to a new house, or the addition of a family member young or old, make sure you get settled into your new routine before introducing a furry friend.
- Can I afford an animal? According to the ASPCA, the average first year costs of having a cat are $1,035. For a dog, the average costs can go up to $1,800. That's like an extra month's rent or mortgage payment for many.
- Does this animal match up with my lifestyle? If you're not athletic, don't get a high-energy dog with the hope that, "Now I'll start running everyday!" Make a realistic commitment to yourself and your new companion. There are plenty of dogs and cats who like to be active, but enjoy couch time, too.
- Trust the experts. PAWS' counselors are quite knowledgeable and are committed to doing what's best for the animal and for you, so take their advice to heart.
Speaking of choosing the perfect companion—the upcoming holidays might be a great time for your family to welcome a new animal friend. From November 5 through January 3, there is a 20 percent discount on the adoption fees for cats and dogs six months and older. If you're ready, come on in and we'll help you find your perfect match.