Five questions to consider when rescuing a shelter companion this holiday seasonby Pima County News on Dec. 05, 2012, under Pima Animal Care Center, Pima County, Southern Arizona, Tucson, Uncategorized
Staff atPimaAnimalCareCenterwould be thrilled if you would consider adopting a shelter pet and look forward to helping you find the right partner for your home.
“Before folks come to our adoption center and melt over those soft brown eyes, it might be helpful to mull over a few questions to help us find a good match,” said Shelter Manager Justin Gallick.
- How will your pet fit into your current lifestyle? Daily exercise is ideal for both of you, if possible. Take into account any allergies and assess your tolerance for daily grooming, since those requirements vary widely among different animals. Pets are healthiest and less likely to develop behavioral problems if they have companionship, so your schedule is something to consider if you tend to be out all day and again at night.
- Will your living space accommodate an animal companion? Whether you have an outdoor space or whether your pet will live inside will be important considerations. If you are in an apartment, make sure you check with your landlord to learn about any pet restrictions that might be in place.
- Will your pet get along with members of your existing household? Finding the right pet is important if you have children or other animals at home. Many rescue dogs atPimaAnimalCareCenter already have kennel mates, so we generally know how they interact with other dogs. We offer a play area where your new prospect can meet your family, or grab a leash and take a walk at the park behind our adoption center.
- What kind of activities would you like to do with your pet? If you like running and hiking, then certain physical characteristics might be important to consider. If you are more likely to gravitate to a remote control, you might want to find a pet that’s a bit slower speed.
- What kind of financial obligations might you experience? Aside from food, there are other occasional costs associated with owning a pet, from veterinary services to grooming and annual licensing. Depending on the pet you select, behavioral training may be helpful. Those costs come with all pets, regardless of whether you choose a rescue companion.
Come visit our adoption center at4000 N. Silverbell Road. We’re open weekdays from noon to 7 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call or visit our website.