So you’re a big animal lover, and adopting a furry friend has been on your mind forever now. You didn’t adopt before because you weren’t sure of your schedule and didn’t have the time to care for a little one. Things have changed drastically since then – and now you have all the time in the world.
If the coronavirus induced self-isolation has been making you reconsider adopting, then here’s what you need to ask yourself before you take this big decision.
“Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, filling an emptiness we don’t even know we have.” – Thom Jones
Am I ready to adopt?
Adopting a pet is a lifetime of commitment; some say it is as good as adopting a baby. Caring for a pet is expensive and time-consuming – you will have to be willing to organize your finances to invest money as well as time to give them the lifestyle they deserve. At this point, you need to revaluate your lifestyle and see if it aligns with a pet’s basic needs. Make monthly budgets, time schedules, and talk to a friend who already has a furry companion to get a more hands-on perspective.
“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.” – Anthony Douglas Williams
Am I only adopting because of the coronavirus pandemic?
There’s been a noted surge in adoptions ever since the coronavirus pandemic hit the US and countries worldwide. While this is excellent news for shelters across the globe – adopting pets due to the lockdown may not be viable in the long run. Our lives will resume soon, and the pandemic will settle, leaving our pets at home alone. The most common reason for abandonment in pets is because of the level of commitment. So be 110% sure with or without the coronavirus self-isolation influencing your decision.
“They may only be a part of your lives, but for them you are their whole life.”
I am ready!!! What now?
If you are ready to be adopted by a cute little furry, search for your forever friend using Petango. But before you dive into this really fantastic search engine by Petango – you need to get permission from some relevant parties.
- Check with your parents/roommates/flatmates. Although this is an independent decision, a pet will influence the lives of whoever you are sharing your accommodation with. Get their consent before you bring in your new Roomi.
- Check with your landlord and ask about your rights as a renter – you don’t want to surprise them after all. Most landlords will be able to work with their tenants, but with some, it is a big no-no. Don’t sneak in a pet ever! Instead, indulge in an honest conversation with them and give them plenty of information about your new friend. Tell them the pet’s breed, size, age, temperament, and reason for adopting (send them cute photos too, for extra bonus points). Tell them you will be investing a lot of time into training the pet. Furthermore, make it known that if the pet does any damages, you will take responsibility for it – make sure you stick to this promise when the time comes!
“Before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can’t imagine living any other way.”
Which pet should I adopt?
You’re all set to adopt using Petango, but you’re not sure which furry would best suit your lifestyle – a cat, a dog, or maybe a hamster? On an easy to difficult level scale, hamsters are probably the easiest animals to adopt. Then comes our majestic felines, followed by dogs. Read this to help you make the right decision. If your final decision is to choose an adorable doggy, read the upsides and the downsides of adopting a furry during the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” – Sigmund Freud
I don’t think I am ready, but I would still love some furry companionship!
Foster an animal- you’re not just helping the animal but also the shelters. Shelters are overburdened with sick and abandoned animals. When you help them, you’re reducing the shelter’s burden and making space for new animals. Most shelter animals share a painful past of abuse, abandonment, and rejection – fostering helps them meet loving individuals like you and helps them recover from their unfortunate past. Fostering saves lives, it will give you a chance to help a furry and be helped in many ways.
Adopt! If you can’t adopt, Foster. If you can’t foster, Sponsor! If you can’t sponsor, Volunteer! If you can’t volunteer, Donate. If you can’t donate, Educate! Everyone has the ability to change a shelter animal’s life – be their voice!