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Adopting a Pet: How to Choose Your Best Match
Adopting a Pet: How to Choose Your Best Match

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Adopting a pet, whether it’s a giant dog or tiny kitten, is a big decision that requires a lifelong commitment — but when you find the right fit, adopting a pet also provides a life full of love. If you’re considering adoption, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Space: Do you have a big backyard? Different types of dogs and cats require different amounts of exercise and space. Take into consideration the size of your home as part of our decision to adopt.

2. Time: Decide how much time you can dedicate to caring for a dog or cat. Cats can be more independent and often require less time for daily exercise.

3. Children: Make sure you are aware of the pet’s temperament. A shelter worker may be able to say how a pet gets along with children. You might even consider creating a special area in your home just for your pet, so he has a safe place to go if children are running around the house.

4. Resources: Ensure that you have the appropriate resources to care for a pet. Creating a budget for things like food and veterinary care is a good place to start. Adoption is a commitment for the pet’s entire life.

Most pets available for adoption from a shelter are already spayed or neutered, vaccinated, licensed and/or microchipped for a very affordable adoption fee. You can find more adoption tips and resources at www.petsmartcharities.org.


(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PetConnectionProgramsinc. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)


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