In a world filled with overflowing animal shelters, I had to adopt when I was ready for my own furbaby. Adoption is a beautiful thing. Most of these animals have had a pretty rough start to life and all they want (and need!) is a little love and security.
That’s how I met Jinzu (Jinny for short)! When I first met her, she was so, so shy and scared. Now she’s the cheekiest puppy I know! She’s now running around, playing, and sleeping next to me each night. None of this would have been possible for her without adoption!
Things to consider before adopting
Acquiring a furbaby is (ideally) for life. Cats tend to live longer than dogs with some cats living up to 20 years! Here are a few things to consider before adopting (and committing) a pet:
- The cost of owning a furbaby
There’s more than just the cost of acquiring a furbaby. You need to consider ongoing costs, like food, worming, vaccinations, insurance, veterinary care, and more! Generally speaking, big dogs cost more than owning a cat – think of how much a Labrador can eat!
- How much time do you have?
How much time do you have with your current lifestyle? Can you spare the time to train your new furbaby? If you have an active puppy, you’ll need to make sure you have enough time to run around at the park. Be honest with yourself, how much time do you really have?
- Toilet training
Don’t assume your furbaby will come toilet-trained! It may take a lot of time and a lot of patience and a lot of UrineOff. Are you (and your home!) ready?
- Is your home pet-friendly?
We are very lucky in Sydney as many apartments are pet-friendly. To avoid sneaking around your landlord and/or strata, make sure that pets are allowed before making the leap.
Are you following a trend?
You may only want a puppy or a kitten or a specific breed because the Instagram profiles are SO CUTE. However, it is more important to connect with an individual’s personality than a specific age and/or breed. Consider how your furbaby will fit your lifestyle and your needs, instead of jumping for what’s cute at the moment.
Where is the best place to adopt a furbaby?
With so many rescue and adoption centres across Australia, it’s hard to know where to start. I, personally, used PetRescue to find Jinny! It searches different rescue organisations, so you won’t have to jump from site to site. It also allows you to search according to dog/cat, size, age, location etc.
I strongly recommend meeting your future furbaby one-on-one to make sure there’s a connection! If you have any kids or other furbabies, make sure to bring them with you. It is just as important that the furry ones get along too! It can get very stressful for everyone if your new furbaby isn’t a good fit.
Here are a few other things you might want to ask the rescue organisation:
- Their fears. Rescues often have very rough starts in life and it helps to know what they’re scared of.
- Do they have any friends? This may give you an indication of their suitability of fitting in with a big family.
- Do they have any health or behavioural issues? This is a big one! Be honest with yourself, what can you actually handle? Do you have the patience for a dog with fear aggression? Do you have the resources for an older furbaby with heart issues?
Just keep in mind that if you have fallen in love with a furbaby, it is likely that someone else has too. Don’t get too upset if you miss out on a certain one, there are many more out there and I guarantee you will find another who steals your heart. Make sure to take the time to talk to the organisation and see if they can help you find the perfect match!
I hope this has helped make adopting sound less scary! There are many furbabies from shelters that are so ready to give you unconditional love. All they need is to be given a chance. <3