Every family needs a pet or two in their lives because animals have this amazing ability to brighten up your day even when you have had the worst day possible and they will always love you unconditionally even at times when your own family and friends seem to let you down. The sad truth is that thousands of animals are abandoned on the streets and in shelters every day and in many cases, these animals will die either by getting run over by a vehicle on the street or by getting euthanized at these shelters because the shelters can no longer afford to feed and upkeep the number of animals that are abandoned daily. It is important that every one of us does our part to help these animals and these shelters by adopting an animal or two and spaying them in order to avoid more babies.
If you have made the decision to get your first pet, it is important that you make the decision to adopt one of these animals from a shelter instead of buying from a breeder because it is a well-known fact that breeders abuse animals severely and it is important for you not to support these business.
Long term responsibility
You need to keep in mind that getting a puppy, a kitten, an adult dog or adult cat is more than just the first few weeks of fun, games, excitement and buying them expensive dog bed from a fuzzyard dog bed sale. In the first few weeks, most families are very excited with their new family member but these beautiful animals are rarely given the consideration that other family members get.
Having a pet is also a financial responsibility. While you do not have to buy gourmet dog treats for your pet, you will have basic expenses such as food and medical care.
Most pets will get abandoned due to their families moving, migrating abroad, and having a new baby or other various excuses within the first two years. It is vital that you keep in mind that most animals are at least a fifteen to twenty year responsibility and you need to make sure that you can commit to that period of time before you make the decision to adopt an animal. If you move house, they need to come with you. If you have a baby, you need to keep your pet just as you would keep an older child and if you have the opportunity to move overseas, you should do so only if you have the ability of taking your pet with you.