Animal Rescue Families

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Pets are good for us! They help us feel loved, needed and accepted. Also, recent studies show that pets may help:
  • Relieve loneliness
  • Reduce tension
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Calm and cheer us


We return the favor by caring for them responsibly and lovingly.

There is a lot more to it than just "falling in love" with the perfect pet. Before you get a pet you need to learn what is involved in pet ownership. You will also need to answer some important questions:

  • Why do you want a pet?
  • Are you ready for the lifetime commitment a pet requires?
  • What can you offer a pet?
  • Do you know the traits and needs of various types of pets?
  • What sort of pet should you get?
  • What can YOU offer a pet?


TIME: Pets need attention and affection, just like people. Daily care including feedings, grooming and exercising takes time too.


SPACE: How much room do you have? If you live in an apartment, for example, you may want to a different sort of pet than if you live in a house with a yard.


RESTRICTIONS: For example, if you rent are there any rules regarding pets? Are you familiar with community laws concerning animals?


COST: Early expenses include a first-time checkup, shots (immunizations) and spaying or neutering. Other routine costs include food, grooming supplies and veterinary care.


YOUR PATIENCE: Most pets need training, especially at first. If you get a young animal, consistent daily training is a must.


HEALTH: For example, is anyone in your family allergic to animals? Will you be able to give your pet the exercise it needs?