Plan On Getting a New Pet for the Holidays? Remember to Adopt, Don’t Shop!
The holidays are around the corner. Many people may want to get a new pet for the family. It’s important to do research and make sure everyone in the family is on board. One of the best ways to get your pet is through adoption.
Some people may be on the fence about pets as holiday gifts. “With some forethought and a sincere commitment, pets can be a wonderful gift to give your family,” according to the article, “Pets as Presents: A Good Idea?” at Petfinder.com. The article advises the following to see if your family is ready for a new pet:
• Types of pets appropriate for the ages of your children.
• Do your children want a pet and realize the responsibilities?
• The cost involved, from adoption fee to vet care, grooming, etc.
• The long-term commitment.
After deciding on the pet, the best place to go is your nearest animal shelter. “According to the ASPCA, each year millions of dogs enter shelters, yet of the approximately 59 million owned dogs in this country, less than 20 percent are shelter adoptees,” the Petfinder.com article said.
According to the article, “5 Reasons to Adopt, Not Shop” at Greatergood.org, “Every year, approximately 6.5 million pets enter animal shelters nationwide, and 1.5 million become euthanized.”
Along with adopting a new best friend, there are also other great reasons to adopt, according to the Greatergood.org article, including.
• When you adopt from a shelter, you make room for another pet, so you are saving a life.
• You help fight the puppy mill industry.
• Adoption is less expensive and the fee typically includes spay/neuter, initial vaccinations and microchipping.
• Many shelter pets are already trained.
• Shelters and rescues often have a history of the pet.
Make your family’s holiday brighter when you adopt a pet instead of buying.
Goals for You and Your Pet for 2022
The new year is just weeks away and many people are thinking about goals. Make it more interesting and make goals for you and your pet. It’s often easier when you have a buddy along for the ride.
“Time to team up with your furry friend and tackle the new year together,” according to the article, “5 Ideas for Sharing Your New Year’s Resolution With Your Pet” at be.chewy.com. The article offers some ideas:
• Be more active: Discuss with your vet about exercise. And while you’re at it, get on board as well with long walks, longer playtime activities, and even leash training for your cat.
• Put you and your pet’s health first. Get an annual exam for yourself and then for your pet. Speak to your vet and “make sure your pet is up to date on their flea, tick and heartworm preventatives and discuss adding any supplements to their diet, too,” the article said.
• Put down your cell phone, step away from the computer, and get outside for an extra walk with your dog (or cat).
There are other important things you can add onto your resolution list to help ensure that your pets have a more healthy and happy life. According to the article, “9 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet (and You)” at PetMD.com, start with your pet’s diet. “The New Year is the perfect time to evaluate what, when and how much your pet is eating,” the article said.
Another important resolution for an overweight pet is weight loss. “Work with your veterinarian to determine the best weight loss regimen for your pet,” the PetMD article said. And if you want to help your dog lose some weight, you can also go on some extra walkies. They will do you and your dog some good.