Deciding to adopt a pet is a life-changing experience for both the animal and the adoptive family. Dogs and cats are the most common adopted animals, and many McNicholas students have chosen adoption over purchasing pets from breeders or pet stores. Adoption gives a pet a home, while giving the owner a new furry friend. Senior Karina Cabrera chose adopting a dog instead of purchasing one from a breeder. “I adopted my bulldog, Luna, and it was the best decision of my life because she was like a family member,” Cabrera said. “I am so happy I had the chance to give her a great life.”
Adopting pets from shelters and reputable organizations are reliable ways to find a cat or dog. Follow these steps to ensure your pet adoption is a success.
- Decide which animal is a good fit. A good way to decide between a cat and a dog is to make a list of what qualities you would like in a pet. The adopter should decide if they would rather have an animal that they can walk, or a pet that will cuddle or both. Keep in mind that pet adoption is a huge responsibility and commitment, and always make sure to have a safe living environment and plenty of time to spend with a new pet.
- Choose an organization or shelter to adopt from and visit it. There are many local shelters and adoption organizations in the Cincinnati area. Avoid picking an adoption center based off price. Instead, visit multiple adoption agencies and pick the one that is most reliable. Make sure to visit and spend time with the animals. Find an animal that is compatible with your lifestyle and happy to see people. Avoid choosing a pet just because it is cute or small.
- Prepare the house for a pet. Before bringing home a new pet, the house it will be living in needs to be safe and secure. A pet needs food, water, bedding, and toys. Pet adoption mandates that the pet must have proper care. Cats require a litter box and a scratching post. Dogs will need both a leash and collar, preferably one bearing the pet’s name and home address.
- Vaccinate to keep your pet healthy. Many cats and dogs up for adoption have already had many of the required vaccinations, including the rabies vaccination, which is required by Ohio law. Though rabies vaccinations can also be administered to cats, many owners also choose to vaccinate their pets for feline panleukopenia (FPV), a life-threatening feline virus.
The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is a popular organization for animal-lovers that works to combat animal cruelty while placing animals in forever homes. This organization says that when it comes to adopting a pet, it’s best not to judge a book by its cover. Finding a pet should be a personal and heartwarming experience.