Adopting a dog or cat can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. But it isn’t all fun and games. Owning a pet takes plenty of work and commitment. If you’re thinking about adopting a new pet, the SPCA LA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles) has some important points to consider first.
To see their complete list, please visit their website. Here are the points that I think are extra important to keep in mind:
–Be sure you can afford to pay for food, vet care, and grooming.
–Be prepared to study and learn how to properly teach your dog obedience—attending classes or hiring a trainer if necessary.
–Make sure you are able to give your pet regular exercise.
–And most important of all: Be prepared to give your pet all the love and attention needed—not just at your convenience!
I remember when I was younger I got a dog but didn’t realize how much care and attention was needed. As a result, the dog definitely had some behavioral issues and would constantly be barking all of the time. Since then, I’ve learned my lesson—and I’m also a little older and wiser too! I make sure to give my pets all the love and attention they need. I make sure all of their needs are taken care of and look out for them sometimes even more than myself.