A: I’m so glad you asked this question, because making the right match is extremely important and I think it’s smart to educate yourself on the process. Typically, when adoption organizations talk about making “the right match,” they are generally thinking of specifics such as making sure that an animal matches your energy level (ex. if you are not home for eight hours every day than an adult pet may be a good option); or making sure you pick a dog that gets along with other dogs if you want to take your dog to dog parks; or ensuring that your pet is relaxed and tolerant if you have to children.
While all these things are important, I believe the most important question adopters should ask themselves before adopting is what their expectations are. They can do this by making sure they really understand their needs, their negotiables, and what kind of lifestyle they can accept with a pet. Very often people forget to think about what they are willing to compromise on before they bring a pet into their home. It’s very likely that their life will change significantly once they bring home a dog or cat and it’s helpful to think about your sleep patterns, your social life, your finances, and your tolerance and patience for bumps in the road. There will be accidents and chewed shoes, and while the benefits far outweigh the sacrifices for most, it’s important to have realistic expectations. If you have realistic expectations about life with a pet, a shelter employee can help you find a wonderful companion to match your lifestyle and personality.
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