Three Things You Should Know Before Adopting a Pet
Posted on September 30, 2016
At Damasca, we always encourage responsible pet ownership and would like to offer a few helpful suggestions when choosing and adopting a new pet.
- Make sure you ask several questions to find just the right match. Too many people base a new pet strictly on the physical attributes or a breed. You should actually be choosing an animal with a temperament and overall personality that fits well with the dynamics of your home, family and lifestyle. Take the time to choose wisely!
- Give every new animal time to decompress. That new dog or cat that you are so excited to bring home has recently been through a lot! He/she has lost its home, family and possibly a few furry siblings before winding up in an overcrowded, loud, and pretty scary county shelter. It would be normal for your pet to be scared, depressed, unsure, and just plain tired after all those changes. Give your new friend plenty of time to just relax and to feel safe, secure and loved before expecting too much.
- Always take it VERY slow when introducing new people, kids, dogs, cats and other animals to your new pet. You don’t know their past and a dog/cat can act defensively when it feels overwhelmed by too many new things at once. Avoid unnecessary negative incidents by always erring on the side of caution when it comes to introductions.