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Choosing The Right Pet

Dec 25, 2007
People may use several methods for choosing a pet, but most people will select the right pet by following a gut instinct that lets them know that the animal would be perfect for a family. Some people follow the same gut instinct and decline ownership of a pet based on the animal's behavior or size. Every pet owner will have a personal preference that they base their pet decisions by and rely on luck or good fortune to be able to bring the right animal home.

The pet adoption process might have a great deal of influence on the type of pet that is approved for adoption. Some animal control agencies have certain requirements that must be met in order for the adoption to be approved. Some pet adoptions do not take place because the owner is unable to afford the adoption fees. The adoption process can be heartbreaking when a pet adoption is not approved and some pet owners might wonder why the process is so hard.

The requirements set by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals make choosing the right pet for the right home a top priority because if the match is not a good one, the owner will return the pet to the shelter one day. While the pet owners are at the shelter, they might visit each stall where dogs are kept, hoping to find the dog or cat that is perfect for them. The latest choices for pet adoption might be more extensive this time around, and the right pet will be found.

If a more likeable animal is present, the selection process will start again. The pet owners will begin the process with expectations that are more realistic. The size of the dog might be reduced somewhat, and the coloring of the animals coat will be less important. The pet owners might place personality traits higher on the list and the fact that a small dog will eat less will be viewed differently too. One pet is likely to be selected that day, and the SPCA will ensure that this selection sticks by allowing the pet owners to spend time with the animal before walking out the door with it.

Some pet adoption agencies require a fenced in yard for any adoption for a dog. The size of the dog does not matter or the fact that the animal will be restricted to living inside the house at all times. A prospective pet owner may fall in love with a dachshund breed on a Humane Society pet adoption website and with one telephone call, the future pet owner's hopes will be doused because there is no fenced yard for the animal to play in each day. With so many pets eligible for adoption, some pet owners believe that adoption rules should be edited on a case by case basis.

Some animals are high-energy breeds and require a large amount of space to exercise in. A pet owner with limited space might have to accommodate the rules and invest in fencing around the back of the home. If the animal is the right pet, the pet owner should not mind this inconvenience. Other requirements are viewed as obstacles to pet ownership. Puppies and kittens cannot be left alone all day while the owners go to work. If nobody is able to be at home, then the pet adoption rules state that the adoption will be denied. Finding the right pet is worth the time, but complying with rules and regulations can take away from the joy of pet ownership.
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