Have you searched high and low for your furry companion and have yet to find them? Finding the Purrfect fit for your family is a bit like Match-Making. The adoption process requires a more of an extensive process than just seeing a photo. When choosing your forever friend you want to make sure they have all the matching criteria for your lifestyle. Here are some match-making tips in regards to finding your perfect shelter pet.
The Match-Making process with a Shelter Pet
1. Why do you want to adopt?
“I find myself asking future adoptees why they want to adopt”, states Katherine Britton, on-site Trupanion Shelter coordinator. The why is the most important question you could ask yourself during the adoption process. The adorable puppy you love will eventually grow into an adult dog followed by a senior dog. This companion is a lifetime commitment.
Lifestyle is an important step to consider which pet you choose. Are you a home-body? Do you work long hours? Do you travel often? “You have to evaluate how much time you spend at work, at home, and also the way you spend your time”, states Katherine. Your pet is now an active component of those categories. Choose a pet that fits your lifestyle needs.
3. Living Environment
Your living environment is important to your pet’s physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Will the new addition have ample space to play and relax? Will they have a space of their own to decompress? Your furry friend needs to be able to adapt and feel comfortable in their new space. They need to have the freedom to run and play. “Small studio apartment in a major metropolitan city vs. a house with a large yard will give you many different options to consider when choosing a breed or species”, according to Katherine.
4. Energy Level:
Energy level goes hand-in-hand with the living environment. The initial energy level is important in choosing your new addition. You want to make sure the pet’s energy level is compatible with your energy level and living environment. “Although the six month Labrador retriever is an amazing companion, it might not be the best pet for everyone. The puppy lab can be quite active”, states Katherine.
Each pet has a distinct personality. Take personality into consideration when choosing your new best friend. “Could you hang out with this pet every day? Because you will be”, laughs Katherine. Pet’s personalities morph over time and often can mimic owners own personalities.
6. One of the Pack:
One of the most important considerations is the additional family members. “If there are multiple people in the family, including kids and animals, everyone should meet the new addition”, states Katherine. “It is imperative that all members of the family get along. The most common reason a pet is returned to a shelter is due to not getting along with another animal or a child.” This pet is a member of the family. Being one of the pack is essential.
The art of finding the perfect shelter pet is a bit of a science. It’s a match-making process in the fact that all these different categories have to align perfectly fit for your situation. “Each person is different and every pet is unique”, states Katherine. “The most important thing to consider is to have an open mind, what you think you want in a pet, and what you come home with might be completely different… and that is ok.”
The adoption process is a magical match-making process. It brings everyone together and creates families. Thank you to all those animal shelters out there helping families unite. One adoption at a time.