You may be surprised to learn that there are actually laws regarding adopting animals. Animal control will want to know about your living situation and previous pet ownership for example, so it’s important to be honest with them when you adopt an animal. If you’re thinking of adding a furry friend to your family, here is what you need to know about animal adoption in the United States:
Report all pets in your home when adopting another pet
The first thing that animal control will do is ask how many other animals you currently have at home. Be sure not forget any! This includes both four legged and two legged friends…make sure they all get listed!
Understand the difference between strays and surrendered pets
Strays are pets that have gone missing for a period of time and then returned. While they may be excited to see you, animal control will want to know how long it has been since you last saw the pet so make sure your answers reflect this fact. A surrendered pet is one who was given up by their owners voluntarily.
Your lifestyle is important when adopting
Animal control will want to know about your living situation and the lifestyle you lead. For example, if you live in an apartment with no yard, they may not let you adopt a dog who has spent their entire life outside running around freely.
Choosing the right pet for your family
Animal control may give you a list of the most common animals in their care. They will also have an idea if they think any other pets would be well suited to you or not. For example, if the pet is very young and playful that could mean that animal control thinks it’s best for families with children under ten years old.
Each animal in the shelter are different
It’s important to remember that every animal in the shelter is different. This means not all of them will act or look like their pictures online so it’s best to be prepared for anything!
Close: The adoption process can be long depending on which animal shelter or rescue organization you work with, but it is always worth the wait! The furry friend you bring home will be so grateful and filled with joy that they get to live a life full of love and happiness.
Kent is a school teacher who is passionate about others. With that, he sees to it that he volunteers to local communities in helping the needy. He also help organize some charities and attends forums.