Consider making your home pet friendly before bringing your new pet home to live. Think twice about adopting a young pet and whether you will have time to train a puppy or teach a kitten not to claw your sofa. Sometimes, adopting an older pet is a better choice for your first pet in your new home. Do not feel guilty if you don’t have the time to raise a young pet, and instead check out those already acclimated to a house.
Can’t stress this enough: visit your local SPCA or City Animal Control to find homeless pets to adopt or learn more about adoption at the A.S.P.C.A. Don’t buy pets from a pet store because many disreputable pet stores buy their inventory from a puppy mill. Some pet stores sell pets carrying diseases or worse, a contagious and deadly virus, because the animals came from unreliable breeders who did not vaccinate.
Thoroughly investigate a breeder before you fall in love with a purebred. On the other hand, if you adopt from a shelter, your pet will be vaccinated and spayed / neutered. Plus, you will be saving a pet’s life, and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to add a loving companion to your new home.