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Are you thinking of adopting a pet this holiday season?

Holiday Pet Adoption Tips

The holiday season is upon us and for some this is the time of year that they think about adopting a pet. There are few things I've learned over the years to help adding a furry member to your family  an easier transition for them and you. The first thing everyone should think about first though is that a pet is not a present, they are an addition for life to your family, they shouldn't be returned so please explore your options and consider the following before adding a pet to your family.

Here's our sweet cat Oliver, we adopted him from a rescue society a couple of years ago at Christmas.

Oliver sleeping

  • If it's a dog do you have the time to walk it every day?
  • Do you travel and if so do you have someone to take care of your pet while you're gone, are you willing to pay for boarding if you don't?
  • Can you budget for regular vet check ups and shots and for medical emergencies?
  • What is your lifestyle like and what kind of dog most suits it? Read about the different breeds, which ones are more active, which ones need to be around people all the time etc..
  • If you want a cat can you live with them scratching your furniture?

If you've done your research on breeds, thought about what size and what kind of dog would suit your family and the dog or cat too then I'd like you to think about one more thing. Consider adopting an older pet instead of a puppy or kitten.

There are so many older pets out there in need of a home and many are there because they "grew up" and people didn't realize the commitment they made. So instead of keeping to that commitment they abandon these poor animals. Adopt don't shop.

Older pets have so much to offer and generally less work than a puppy or kitten. Are you and your family laid back? Then a senior pet who loves to cuddle, sit by your side and go on leisurely walks is just for you. A new puppy or kitten will have way too much energy.

Want to make a difference and be a part of the solution of finding loving homes for abandoned pets? Check out your local shelters, ask which animal has received the least interest. You'd be surprised to find that these animals are usually amazing but are looked over for a few reasons which make no sense. 1) they're a black dog or cat, this color of animal gets looked over far more just because of their color not their amazing personalities. 2) older pets get looked over all the time because people are looking for puppies and kittens, but they are usually less work, already house trained and not hyper.

Those are just some of the reasons there are many many more to adopt instead of shop. Something to think about.

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Say hello to our dog Luna, she's a wonderful and loyal dog who has been with us for 10 years! We have one more dog named Little Zeus who has been with us for 7 years.

Luna outside

Those are starting points, there is a lot more to consider but once you've done your research and know you want to move forward with a pet then it's time to think about making the transition to your home as easy as possible for everyone both two and four legged members. The tips below are geared towards cats but most of them can be used for dogs too 🙂

  • There’s no place like home: Building a sanctuary will make your new furry friend much more comfortable settling into a new environment. For instance, adding two litter boxes, some food, water, toys and a resting place will make their experience a lot more enjoyable.
  • Think tidy: It’s important to keep your cat’s litter boxes well-maintained. This leaves your cat feeling extra clean, and encourages them to continually use it. New Arm & Hammer™ Clump & Seal™ Complete Odour Sealing Cat Litter is specially formulated for a 7-day odour free home.  No other litter forms a tight seal around litter and destroys it with unique odour eliminators and Arm & Hammer™ Baking Soda.   Your cat will also love the new softer feel!  It’s available in two varieties: Fresh Home and Multi-Cat.

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  • Your new best friend: Well, what are you waiting for? Spend a few hours a day with your cat (especially during the beginning) to give a little bit of reassurance. It may take some time for your cat to warm up to you, but it’ll all be worth it!
  • Meeting family: If you already have the fortune of owning a pet, make sure both parties meet with calm and ease. It’s best to let the new one explore your house early on without any interference from others. Your cat will eventually adapt to the scents of others around – and who knows – make another furry friend.

Enjoy your holiday season and if you do adopt a pet or know someone who is going to please feel free to share these tips with them so that it can be an amazing transition and experience for all for the new addition to the family!

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What tips do you have for a smooth transition when adding a pet to your family?

By on November 26th, 2014

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I’m Michelle aka Powered by Mom. I’m married with one daughter, my hubby was my high school sweetheart, our two dogs Nyx and Cleo and our cat Oliver. As you can see we’re a family of animal lovers. We love to travel when we can, try different food and activities all over the world and enjoy being together. My passions are writing, travelling, creating new recipes, encouraging people to adopt not shop and just to enjoy life while we can.

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124 thoughts on “Holiday Pet Adoption Tips”

  1. You Oliver looks like one of my cats that I adopted as a stray a few winters ago. He hadn't been neutered so we had some issues to deal with but with our vets help all worked out well and he is a member of our family now.

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  2. We did not adopt our cats, we did rescue them. You need to neuter or spay your furry babies, if they do not come from a shelter that has already done this. Males and females can & will spray. We contacted our local vet, told her we are on a fixed income, and could she give us a break on neutering the male we just rescued, and she did.

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  3. thank you for posting this. people need to be realistic when taking in any living thing. e are waiting as renters until we feel more stable

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  4. It has too e thought out... a pet isnt a part time gift nor one that caan e thrown away when youre tired of it. I do TNR and maanage a feral colony aand see so many tossed out housecats.
    I am on the fence aout adopting during the holidays. I would say go to the shelters though if you do.

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  5. That's an odd looking dog. What kind is it? Anyways, I'm against giving pets as a holiday gift unless, it's been planned and well thought out. And if you do, PLEASE respect others property! Not all of us are animal lovers and the last thing I want to do is step in a pile of dog poop. There's an older lady that I yell at every time I see her. She lets her dog where it wants and doesn't even carry a bag to clean up. Sorry for the rant. That makes me furious!

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    • She's a Blue Heeler Lisa 🙂 I agree with you as that's part of my point, don't just get animals as a gift, think it through they are a life time commitment and I also agree respect other people's property and clean up after your dogs.

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  6. These are some great things to think about. So many people get caught up in the moment and don't think about the future with these loving pets. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope many people will read this

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  7. We adopted Mike this January right after the first of the year. Truth be told it may not have been the best time because there were lots of people there at that time of year. Mike (bless his heart) is not exactly the pick of the litter. He has seizures, is old, is going blind. We love him totally though - so they can't have him back!

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  8. I think that it is great that there are organizations out there that care about animals and can shelter them to help find them a good home. I have a cat, I use Arm and Hammer all the time for my cats litter.

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  9. i love it when pets get adopted. however, during the holidays when people give pets, to unknowing relatives and friends, it can be a disaster. i am all for adopting. i donate thru out the yr to the pet food banks and rescues in my area w/ food, toys, etc. that i win and dont use or need.
    there is a coffee shop in nyc where there is a waiting line to get in, they fill the area w/ cats that are adoptable, people get to spend 30 min w/ the cats. it said it was very successful in adoptions. i forgot the name of the coffee shop. people have to sign up b/c there is such a big line and crowd to get in.

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  10. If you are looking for a puppy ,dog or cat you should get them from the shelter. study up on the breads first to see what qualities you are looking for. Their are so many pets that need a good home. Thank you for all that you do! You are an inspiration to us all.Thank you for the share. They are great tips.

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  11. Great great tips on adopting a pet for the holidays! We ve always had pets im an animal lover and they are like kids that dont grow ip yhey are family n have alot of love to give n bring alot of joy. Help teach kids caring and responsibility and patience yhey mess up some times just like we do but the love is well worth it!!♥

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  12. Great advice! Many people want to give a cute puppy or kitten for xmas and don't realise the huge committment, this gives parents a few things to think about.

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  13. We Adopted our 2 Sweet boys and we love them to pieces. Toby is a Fawn colored Pug. we adopted him when he was 4 months old. He was considered unsellable by the Puppy Mill (ugh) because he lost part of his tail when he was born. So he was rescued by a shelter , That's where we found him and adopted him . We didn't care that instead of a curly tail he had a tail like a deer! Lol! Our other Baby is a Yorkie. He is 2 yrs old and we adopted him when he was 4 months old too! The rescue site found his mother a stray and took her in and found out she was pregnant.. so They adopted out her and all the puppies. They all have wonderful loving homes. Momma was only 2 yrs old herself. I love the Older dogs too next time that's what I will go for. I am getting older too and puppies are a lot of work!Lol! My Daughter is very involved with a rescue site. she has a bout 7 dogs some are hers some are fostered. She is a busy girl I am very proud of her. I enjoyed reading your article..Thankyou for spreading the word about these wonderful pets that need Loving Forever homes.. Adopt don't Shop!!! ..

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  14. My favorite tip is about building a sanctuary for your new pet. It's such a good idea to have an extra litter box and give them their own place to rest. They have a big adjustment to make too and it's important to make them feel comfortable.

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  15. So much good information for potential "Parents." Yes adopting is serious business, the fact that they never over look older dogs is wonderful!

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  16. We have two rescue cats! So glad we did! Pets need a lot of care. These are good thingsto consider whentaking on another pet. They are part of the family!

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  17. This is an excellent post!! I think alot of people mean well but when the holidays and newness wears off they fine they may have made a mistake.....very sad for all involved
    Thanks for sharing & caring!!

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  18. Oliver and Luna look so sweet. We have some adopted pets, as well. I wish all shelter animals could find a happy home this holiday season.

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  19. I think adopting a pretty is a great way to add to the family, but make sure u can offer them everything they need. Too many ppl love them when they r little but then don't have the time money or patience required. Its not fair to the animals. Great article!

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  20. I do cat rescue and TNR out of pocket- and when I mean out of pocket I mean there have been times when an injured former housepet has wandered up hurt we have had to choose between things we need and helping an animal. I have seen horrendous things and sometimes I wonder what people were thinking.
    I will say this- do NOT think your pet is going to survive andd find a home by letting it go. Take the time to rehome. Dont assume shelters wont kill your wonderfull pet you once loved.
    And dont buy a puppy or a kitten- rescue one and take the time to research the type of animall breed it is- some dogs are certain ways because of instincts as are cats.
    Good article- this should be spread far and wide this time of year.

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  21. I don't have a lot of tips, because we have only ever added one pet to our family. We have a wonderful dog whom we adopted when he was three years old. He really wasn't a puppy anymore, so I agree with the benefits of adopting an adult pet. I love him to bits and can't imagine life without him now! He adds so much joy to my life. 🙂

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  22. Many humane societies don't allow holiday adoption...can't recall where I read that. We have a rescue and he is the best...so sweet and cuddly...love my lab mix!

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  23. We just added a new furbaby to our family named Nova... she is a lemon beagle, which I had never even heard of before, but she is mostly white with light tan spots.. she is an early Christmas present for the kids (yeah right she is really mommy's baby) and has fit into our multi-furry of 2 cats and 1 other dog very well... they all play and run around the house like wild and we LOVE it..

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  24. These are all great tips and I am hoping that people take heed and are a little more educated about not giving pets as gifts, it really hardly ever has a good outcome.

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  25. I think it's great to adopt a pet from a shelter, you just need to make sure that it's a goof time for you. Honestly, I think Christmas is a very hectic time of year, I don't think it's a good time for adopting a pet. You should wait until you are at a tranquil quiet time, without any hubbub.

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  26. It is such a commitment adopting and caring longterm for a pet so it should never be done without research, planning and preparation.

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  27. I got my cat from a cat rescue place and am very happy with her.

    My advice: DON'T get a pet at Christmas - too crazy. Wait until you have time to bond with your pet.

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  28. Great tips. I think that people are not always aware of how a pet will impact their life. Yes, they add a wonderful component but are also work. I went to get a dog from a shelter one day and was so excited by the process. I came home with a Yellow Lab. Big ball of love. However, I lived in a small home, with a smaller back yard. I took him on 2 long walks each day, but he still needed more space. I was lucky enough to have a friend that had a farm. She took him and let him live with her. He was the happiest dog. Loved his new home and his space. Taught me a lot. It should be a good fit for you, but also for the dog.

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  29. Great review! It drives me insane when people get pets for kids for Christmas presents, when the clearly dont have time to take care of them. Pets are not toys, they are an addition to the family. Then, in a couple months, they are trying to find them a new home, or taking them back to the pound. I love my CharlieAnn so much, I would be devastated if anything happened to her. Its not fun cleaning her litter box, but its worth it. Everyone should read your review before they go to get one.

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    • I'm glad you found the tips helpful and I encourage you to explore the idea of adopting an older dog, always a wonderful option, less work and just as joyful if not more so 🙂

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  30. I really enjoyed reading your review. Excellent tips for people who are considering pet adoption over the holidays.

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  31. Thank you for sharing this so close to Christmas!! So many family's make the mistake of buying a pet without really thinking it through..without researching different breeds to find their best match..and when they get the pet home,they start having difficulty and give the animal away or even worse, they abandon!! 🙁 this breaks my heart!! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have a little rottweiller puppy running around here..but i couldn't be that selfish because i know that they need space and i dont think it's fair to have a big dog in a small apartment!! I hope lots if people read this!!!

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  32. Thanks for sharing all this needed information. Young parents particularly want to give a child the responsibility of an animal too soon. Adopt-but think first!

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  33. I love this post we lost a dog around August , we would love to adopt another one sometime but for the moment we are moving so we are planning to wait until we are settled again. Great information to have when your starting out .

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  34. Thank you for posting this article. I worked for years as a manager of a no kill pet rescue organization and now volunteer with 2. Another bit of advice I would put out there, is if adopting a puppy please make sure you do realize how big the breed can get. You might think this is a no brainer but we just had a family who purchased a mastiff puppy because it was cute. Now at age 6 months they said it was getting to big. What were they thinking? ! Luckily I do a lot of work with the Mastiff Rescue League and was able to find a home quickly.

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    • Very good point AnneMarie and I'd have to agree with you, what were they thinking geez thank goodness you were able to help, sad that the people wouldn't keep him just because he got big.

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  35. These tips are true. I always think people should think twice before getting someone else a pet for Christmas! You just have no idea if they want or can care for a pet!

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  36. Love the pet adoption tips. People need to understand about what having a pet entails and how to take care of them. Of course love them.

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  37. Adopting a pet is a wonderful action to take, but I'm glad this post highlighted all the areas that should be considered before doing so. This was a good summary of the various needs that pets require: like health, food, living environment and activity. I appreciate the reminder that different breeds of dogs may be more energetic than others (or require more activity than others). Having a pet fit with a family in every way makes for the best situation for everyone involved, I think.

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  38. Adoption is thee best way to get a pet, the ones that need homes are the way to go. Save an animal!! Give them love and a home and they will love you right back!

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  39. I think adopting a pet during the Christmas season is a great idea. Animals make great companionship for people. But a lot of thought needs to go in to adopting a pet. To make sure your needs and their needs are being met. Thank you for the review and tips. Plus the cost of having a pet and having the time for a pet.

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  40. This is a wonderful article regarding pets. I know I had a pet as a child but I am thinking twice about getting one for the young ones in my life.

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  41. Adopting a Pet is A BIG STEP...I am a Pet Owner (adopted my Cat Gizmo" when he was very young) He is now * Years Old & the most Healthiest, Spoiled & Pampered!! Our Cat is Fixed & an Indoor Cat, he needs little to no maintenance at all. I do Brush him & clip his Nails but other than that he is very Independent but, Loves to be LOVED!! I know that getting a Pet for the Holidays is a GREAT Gift Idea but, Think Before you make it happen...Happy Holidays!!

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  42. Everyone should read this!! Let's hope the message gets out that a pet is not a "gift"...but a member of the family. We rescued our Golden when she was two...she had been a "Christmas Gift" to the kids and no one in that family knew anything about how active Goldens were. She ended up being locked in the basement for two years!! Needless to say, she had run of the house when she became a member of our family and stayed with us for 11 more years. We do miss her every day!
    Thanks for such an informative article!

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  43. The best tip is not to give pets as a christmas gift because for one cant return it if no child wants it or family is able to care for the pet. rethink the decision if you are not financially able too I mean.

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  44. These are great tips! I think it's best not to give a pet as a gift. A gift card would be better, then when things settle down after the holidays, if the person who received the gift wants a pet, they could pick one then.

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  45. Great advice and tips from the other readers. This should be given to potential pet adopters a week BEFORE they adopt to be sure they are ready to adopt. There is so much responsibility in owning and taking care of a pet...not just physically but emotionally and financially . Thanks for sharing this!

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  46. You said it .. and last night .(they have them on camera so glad ) someone in our town dropped off 3 dogs so
    sad and never fed looked like .anyway the guys will get caught.. not enough justice. Your Oliver looks just like my Smokie joe . His mother Sable is going on 17 ,,acts 7 ..I have more fun with my pets and Sable heard my rattle in chest and i had pneumonia so adopting a pet sometimes can be the best you can do for yourself .especially alone.
    My Rocky is a tough Chihuahua and Smokie joe thinks he is a dog.. Rolls over ,fetches ..Rocky watches lol
    I don't need nothing for Christmas but Jesus and my pets..swear. oh and my precious memories of family but i am strong .. thank you so much for a great read for God's children .. I just know it. /

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  47. great tips and to me any time is a great time to adopt,, people don't realize that there are so many animals out there that need a home and a good loving family to share this world together... I wish I could adopt right now because I would.. hopefully next year..

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  48. Establishing a set routine for a new pet is a must. They need to know what to expect from their humans, like eating times, potty times, when someone will be home, etc. Even after they are no longer "new", a routine gives a dog or cat comfort.

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  49. I always suggest to make sure you spend time with the pet before you adopt, and make sure you are ready for that commitment. I normally do not suggest animals for gifts, but if you are 100% sure you are ready for a 100% commitment to that animal I think it's fine.

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  50. Thanks for the great tips. Always thought that getting a pt as a gift for the holidays would have been neat. But they are so hectic that we have never done it.

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  51. That's a spooky looking dog. What breed is it? Anyways, everybody wants a pet around the holidays. Especially a puppy or kitten that needs even more attention. You bring up excellent tips. A pet isn't like a toy that can be put aside when you're bored with it. It needs attention daily.

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  52. My tip for kitties is to try and keep them in one room for a while just so they get used to the house, noise and surroundings. We did this with our kittens and it helped! Our kittens are now 10 years old! 🙂

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  53. We are going to adopt a dog this Christmas. Dogs make all the difference in your life and both my husband and I are dog lovers. We lost our last dog about six months ago and we have decided it time we adopt another dog. Our home is just to quit without any barking.

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  54. We adopted our rescue dog Brandee three years ago! She is the most loveable, quirky dog and we consider her our family member. If we had more room, we would adopt again 🙂

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  55. Those are all great tips. My cat is definitely a rescue cat., if I had not agreed to take her she would have been put Due to the circumstances she was born into she would have been put down. I've had her 2 years and she's turned into a real sweet cat. She's a lot of company to me.

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  56. Thank you so much for this post!!! I am a crossposter and advocate on facebook. I have a page: Crossposting and Advocating for Animals. I also have a rescue pup named Lady Girl. I am a part of the No-Kill Coalition as well.

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  57. All my pets are rescued animals. I would never purchase a pet from a pet store unless they were doing adoptions. I adopted my cats from PetSmart and I adopted my dog from Paws Pets Resorts. They are the best things that ever happened to me!

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  58. This is a great post, and I wish people would keep all this in mind, I have two dogs of my own, that i love so much... and now thanks to people who could care less about there pets and leave them behind or something i have 4 stray cats living in my out building that has no family, There was one, and she had baby's and now there is 4 I did not no in time to get the kittens when they where little, so I can not catch them, I called the human shelter and they will put them down right away if i take them in, so now i feed them all our left overs, and water them, and try my best to take care of them, even thou they are not even my cats!!!! I am a good pet owner, my dogs go to the vet, eat good dog food and so this is very hard for me but i can not afford to do that with them, so it is a very bad spot to be in. So I do the best I can, and wish people would take care of there pets so things like this would not happen.

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  59. I love dogs and cats so much.I live in an apt where I cant have pets.When my daughter was little we had fish, hamsters,birds,hermet crabs.As soon as she moved out she got pets. Two are rescues and one they were fostering her and it didnt take long for them to fall in love with her.They adopted her. She's been my granddaughters protector since they came home. I told my daughter its her motherly instincts to protect her.Its so sweet to see her always next to her.These are some great tips 🙂

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  60. I am a member of ASPCA & I can for one, say that animals are in dire need of being adopted out!!!! Be sure to read on how to adopt the right pet for you because there's a pet for each family. Just lie Pit Bulls; they get a bad wrap but, they're GREAT with kids!!!!! Most people beg to differ but, the reason why they get a bad wrap is because mean people make them mean dogs, for fighting, security, ect.....PLEASE ADOPT!!!! These precious babies are the best gift a person could receive & you don't have to wait for the holidays. Adopt on "just because" 🙂

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  61. It's difficult for me to not get another cat, every time that I go to our local pet store. There are so many cats up for adoption.... I would bring another cat into our home but, our cat is now 17 years old and I don't think that she would accept another cat.

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  62. When I grew up my parents had Husky dogs that did not mind the cold winters here. But I vowed never to let my animals stay outside. When I got my first place I had a cat and she was indoors only and now we have fish. I just could not imagine ever allowing my pets outside like my dad did. But then again, I just have guppies these days.

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  63. Pet adoptions are only good ideas if the owners are going to keep the pet for the long haul. I dislike how people get rid of pets due to silly reasons, in my eyes once you commit to having the pet its for lite.

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  64. Good tips for prospective adopters. If adopting, make sure you can afford your new friend. I have two rescue kitties now for 8 years. I budget for them, and they are worth every penny!

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  65. Think tidy: It’s important to keep your cat’s litter boxes well-maintained is my favorite tip. From my experience cat's like to keep themselves clean.

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  66. I find the best tip is Can you budget for regular vet check ups and shots and for medical emergencies? they are so expensive, and some people just can not afford to take their pets to the vets!

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  67. Your review is spot on.I am not able to have a dog anymore as we rent now.I
    and my husband just got home from dog sitting our fur-gran-baby's.I think most of all
    people must realize that a pet is Family!!!NO Outside on a Chain!!!In the house~They are
    Family.If you feel pinched for money Do Not get an animal~They Cost Money!!!Vet.bills,food.
    I try to do my part now with posting dogs who need homes or fostering.

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  68. Holidays are a stressful time for pets. It's not really a good time to acquire a new one. Better to make a donation to an animal shelter (even shopping for toys, blankets, etc) and dropping them off in person. Get a new pet when there's not so much going on!

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  69. Great starting points for getting a new family member! I rescued my furry son (cat) over 12 years ago and would do it again!

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  70. We've only adopted our animals. I help run 2 facebook pages to help gets animals off of death row. Love the pic of your cat!

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  71. This is a great post. We only adopt animals, and these questions are really the ones you have to ask yourself before adopting.

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  72. Most of my tips coincide with the ones you provided! Just be prepared and think ahead; adopting is a large, worthwhile commitment, if you are able to care for your new furry family member!

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  73. I thank you for the post. Animals are are adopted to be a member of the family, not to be a present. It is better to time the adoption when the family can focus more attention to the animal and the many new details that must be dealt with. Just my opinion.

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  74. Thank you for writing this...pets are not gifts and they are a lot of responsibility as an extension of the family. Happy Holidays to you and your family!!!

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  75. Thank you for reminding people that a pet is NOT a present. That being said, I would love to get another pet! Our elderly cat (who looks similar to the kitty on this post) is kind of persnickity. So, we aren't sure she'd do well with another creature.

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  76. Excellent tips! So many people just decide on the spur of the moment to adopt a pet, without stopping to think of the responsibility and the "fit" with the family or house. I wouldn't get a Great Dane for an apartment - but I know someone that did. And who will take care of the pet? Even something as small as a finch or little turtle has to cage cleanings, etc. And remember, the vet is not cheap, either. Just things to consider, but a pet is great!

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  77. Thank you so very much for this review/information! You are definitely correct! If you are going to adopt a pet, you better think long and hard about all of the questions you asked. Too many people think that they are going to get a pet for their kids for Christmas and then later find out that they themselves weren't ready either physically or financially to take care of that pet. Too many pets end up in the kennels after Christmas! It's a terrible fact, but it's true! People need to know that when they bring a pet into their house, it's not just a fun gift, but a forever commitment to give that pet your time and attention as well as keeping that pet fed, groomed, vetted with up-to-date shots and checkups and comfortable! I have 2 "fur babies" that I love with all my heart and there are an awful lot of things or places that we cannot go to because of our "fur babies". I've been through the kenneling before with our past babies and our "rescue baby" doesn't get along with our neighbor's dog so you have to be willing to do some sacrificing! We fell into a motor home and now we can take a vacation and take our "fur babies" right along with us! They love it! It truly breaks my heart to see how some people treat their pets. My neighbor brought a kitten home one day and he lived with his mother (who is in poor health). Since this man has moved out of his mother's house with his girlfriend, he did not take the cat with him. That poor thing is outside all the time! I do see cans of cat food sitting outside in the back, but in all types of weather the cat is outside. I've heard it meowing so loud several times because she wanted in. I've thought a million times about reporting the neighbor, however, ever since the man moved in with his mom, we have had nothing but problems with them. I know that if we reported it, we would be terribly picked and prosecuted by this man even though he no longer lives there! Anyway, Thanks so much for this! I really do appreciate it! Thanks again, Michele 🙂

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  78. I'm glad you put these tips up. Some people just jump in without thinking because their child wants a pet for Christmas. Then it can be a disaster for the family and the pet.

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