Are you ready to adopt?

Adopting a pet is a lifelong commitment. Besides love, have you thought about the time, training, and financial responsibility involved with owning a pet? Are you aware of your local animal laws?

We take the adoption process very seriously. We strive to ensure that each pet finds the proper family and that each family finds a pet that will match their lifestyle.  Each animal is an individual. Each requires a different system of care, ranging from exercise to training to grooming needs. It is beneficial for you and your pet for you to do as much research as possible before selecting and taking your new companion home.

Here are some points to ponder:

  • Consider that this decision will last for many years.  Adopting an animal, is making an 18-year commitment.  

  • Evaluate your schedule to see if you have the time to commit to a pet. All pets need basic care, exercise, playtime and love. We recommend that you allow at least 2 hours per day in your schedule for walks, exercise and other basic needs. Some pets may require more time.

  • Evaluate your budget. Over the lifetime of a pet, the cost of ownership can be quite high. We advise adopters to budget at least $1,500 – $2,000 per year for expenses.

  • Consider how you will handle special challenges that will come along. Housebreaking, furniture damage, and medical issues are all common in the lifespan of a pet. Be sure you have the time and money to tackle these issues.

  • Research the pet rules of your living situation. If renting or in a condo/co-op, inquire about size, breed, age, training requirements and pet deposits. Get the policy in writing. If you own, check with your homeowners’ insurance to find out if they have breed restrictions.

  • Evaluate your current lifestyle. If you’re about to move, enter college or take a new promotion requiring more hours on the job, you may want to wait until you’re more settled.

  • List some of the challenges your living situation presents to be sure your new pet is a good match. For example: a barking terrier may not be a good choice for apartment living.

  • Research pet care options for when you’re traveling. You’ll need to plan to take your new pet along or arrange for care through family and friends, or a boarding kennel or pet-sitting service.

  • Identify how to pet-proof your home. We encourage adopters to keep their pets indoors. Companion animals live longer, have better health and are happier if they can be inside (even at night) with their families.

  • Familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations and be an ambassador for responsible pet ownership.  By following rabies, license and leash laws, keeping ID tags on your pet, cleaning up after your pet and practicing in responsible pet ownership, your actions will encourage others to do the same.

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PO Box 8847

Moscow, Idaho 83843

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