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A guide to responsible pet adoption

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If you're planning on bringing home a new pet, you will want to consider these factors before adopting.

If you're considering bringing home a new furry friend, you may want to take into account some factors before you decide to adopt your new pet. Naturally, a new puppy or kitten is a big responsibility and it may affect many aspects of you and your family's life. From matching the pet's breed to your lifestyle, budgeting for your pet, and being a responsible pet owner, these are just a few factors to consider before you adopt a new furry friend. Read on to learn more about responsible pet adoption and how it may help you pick your new best friend.

Adopt a pet that matches your lifestyle

One of the most important factors of responsible pet adoption is picking the best pet that matches your lifestyle. Consider how much time and energy you have to dedicate to a new furry family member. For example, do you work long hours, travel often or live in a smaller space? Of course, these are all factors that can affect your pet's mental, physical and emotional well-being. Also, every dog breed is different and may have certain breed characteristics or personality traits. Do your research and pick a pet breed that complements your daily schedule as well as your family needs.

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Research animal welfare organizations to adopt from

There are a variety of animal welfare organizations that are helping pets every day. Whether you're looking for a local organization, a breed-specific shelter, or a national pet rescue organization, all are passionate about finding loving homes for dogs and cats. Consider researching which animal shelter or rescue group you would like to adopt your new pet from and make sure to ask questions. For example, most animal shelter organizations are run by volunteers. Naturally, they've spent a lot of time getting to know each one of these furry friends. They may have additional information when it comes to behaviors and quirks that may not be listed on a piece of paper.

Budget for your pet before adopting

The cost of bringing home a new furry friend may be more than you think. One of the most important parts of being a responsible pet owner and preparing for pet adoption is taking into consideration the cost of a new pet. Remember, your new pet will need a yearly exam, wellness care, preventative care, vaccinations and basic pet care essentials. Also, other expected items may include food, toys and training.

Naturally, those are all costs you can expect to pay. So, how can you budget and prepare for an injury or illness when it comes to your pets?

Your pet's medical care may cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. At the end of the day, you want your new furry friend to be happy and healthy, and not have to say "no" to medical care when they need it. Consider your finances when you go to adopt a new pet and if you can afford the potential cost for the unexpected or ‘what-ifs.'

Responsible pet adoption is important for the overall wellness of your furry friend

Whether you're looking to bring home a new puppy, kitten or an adult dog or cat, there are a number of factors to consider when it comes to responsible pet adoption. But by picking your breed, doing your research and budgeting for your new family member, you're on your way to being a responsible pet owner.

Trupanion has created a free, recorded webinar to help you learn even more about how to prepare for adopting or fostering a new pet, including Q&A with Animal Behaviorists and leading Veterinarians. Watch the webinar here.

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