Many dogs end up in the shelter through no fault of their own, separated from their loved ones. In the shelter, everything is unfamiliar to them: they are confined in a cage, confused, terrified, and sad, experiencing an immense emotional shock.

By adopting, you are not only saving and rescuing a life from terrible suffering, but you are also contributing to addressing the major issue of canine overpopulation and abandonment that exists worldwide.

Before adopting

Am I willing to make a lifelong commitment?

Adopting an animal should not be a decision made lightly, driven by social pressure or the momentary desires of children. It's important to remember that dogs can live between 10 and 18 years, which implies a long-term commitment. Before taking this step, it's essential that all family members are in full agreement with the idea of having and taking care of one of our beloved friends. If you're considering adopting a puppy, it's crucial to think about how they will be when they reach adulthood, as time flies, and their growth is rapid. Additionally, you should research whether anyone in the family has allergies or asthma, as these conditions are the most common reasons why people are forced to part with their pets. The animals we adopt become an integral part of our family and deserve a commitment of care and love for life. If you're not willing to take on this commitment, it's better not to adopt an animal, as abandoning them would be an injustice to a living being that depends on us.

Do I have the necessary time to properly care for my new friend?

Dogs and other pets require daily attention every day of the year, which includes providing them with food, water, exercise, affection, and companionship. Puppies, in particular, demand even more time and patience than adults, as their upbringing will influence whether they become obedient or rebellious companions. If you anticipate that your furry friend will spend long hours alone each day, one option to consider is adopting two siblings so they can keep each other company. This way, they'll play with each other more and cause less damage out of boredom. Many animals end up in shelters because their previous owners didn't properly consider the responsibility of caring for them.

Do I have the necessary financial resources to support my 'friend'?

The expenses associated with having a pet include a range of items such as food, annual vaccinations, cleaning and hygiene products, liability insurance, toys, and potential veterinary emergencies. These are just some of the costs you should consider when deciding to adopt an animal. It's essential to provide your pet with a good quality of life, which involves giving them proper nutrition that meets all their necessary nutritional requirements. Furthermore, it's crucial to take them to the vet regularly to keep their vaccination program up to date. Do not underestimate the importance of proper nutrition and vaccinations, as neglecting these basic care aspects can jeopardize your pet's health and ultimately result in significant costs to treat diseases that could have been prevented.

Can you have an animal where you live?

Many residential communities do not allow pets, and most of them have restrictions. Make sure of what they are before bringing your furry companion home.

Do I intend to move in the next few years?

We're moving" is one of the reasons why thousands of people surrender their pets to animal shelters. If you're considering moving in the future, you have to be willing to find a place that allows pets. Additionally, it's crucial to reflect on how you would handle crisis situations in your life, such as a divorce or a loss, and whether you would be willing to keep your faithful furry friend with you during those tough times.

Have I considered the available space in my home?

The choice of the size and type of animal should be in line with the available space in your home, but it's also crucial to consider the character and behavior of the animal. It's important to take into account that larger dogs often require more space to exercise and function properly, although it's worth noting that not all large dogs are equally active. A large and calm dog, for example, could fit perfectly in a 50-square-meter apartment if they are provided with the necessary exercise and attention. The key is to assess the specific needs of each animal before making a decision.

Are your lifestyle habits suitable for the animal you want to adopt?

The size of the animal is not the only important consideration. For example, some small dogs are extremely active, require a significant amount of exercise to stay calm, and often tend to bark at any noise. On the other hand, there are large dogs that are notoriously calm and feel happy and satisfied spending the day sleeping on the couch. Before making the decision to adopt, it's crucial to do proper research and seek information. This way, you'll ensure that you choose an animal that fits your lifestyle and specific needs.

Will you be a responsible owner?

Sterilizing or neutering your dog, complying with local laws or obtaining the required licenses, and ensuring that they wear an identification tag or have an identification microchip are fundamental aspects of being a responsible owner. Of course, in addition to these legal aspects, providing love, companionship, enough exercise, a healthy diet, and maintaining regular veterinary care are equally essential to ensure the well-being of your beloved furry friend.

After reading the previous points, do you think you should not adopt?

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