What to Consider Before Adopting a Pet

Adopting a pet instead of purchasing one is a kind and noble gesture. When you offer your love and shelter to an unlucky pet, you’re making the world a better place. No one can or would ever argue against that point.

But pets require time and investment. Too often we see people who simply rush ahead without thinking, and too often new pet owners face issues with behavior, abandonment, or returning the pet. To ensure that you do the right thing, ask these questions before adopting a pet. They will ensure the best possible outcome.


It’s a sad fact of life, but taking care of pets costs money. Food, accommodations, vet check-ups, toys, and health emergencies can cost quite a bit of money. To make matters even more complicated, a lot of adopted pets are either older or have health issues. Medication and healthcare should always be factored into your equation.

The age, lifespan, and health of a pet are the most important factors. Be upfront and honest with yourself. This is the only approach which guarantees that you will provide the best possible life and care to an adopted pet.

Available Free Time

Taking care of a pet is a time investment, one which does not diminish as you go. Pets require a constant and high level of care. To ensure that you get the right pet for your home, ask yourself how much free time you have to devote to your new companion.

The time that pets demand varies. Cats, for example, require less time than dogs. Young animals require more attention, training, socialization and even housebreaking. To make the right choice, consider how much time you have available before deciding to adopt a pet.

Health Information

The health of the pet should be of the utmost concern. The only way to properly care for your pet is to be informed. So be thorough. How old is the pet you want to adopt? What is their typical lifespan? Is the pet spayed or neutered? Does the pet in question have any health issues or allergies?

Aside from letting you provide proper care, being informed is important for a variety of reasons. Your new pet may require a veterinary exam, vaccination, or a chip. All of this is valuable information that you should have available before adopting.

Behavior Information

This is most likely the most important question you can ask. It’s important to choose the right pet for you. When you’ve taken everything else into account, ask about the pet’s behavior.

What are their energy levels? How much exercise do they need? Is the pet shy, inquisitive, or outgoing? How do they handle being alone, and do they show any signs of separation anxiety?

Is the pet afraid of anything in particular, and how socialized are they? If you’re adopting from a rescue, find out how the pet came into that situation. It’s important to also pay attention to the animal’s mental state.