Lists 3 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet This Holiday Season


PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Dec. 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The holiday season can be a wonderful time to adopt a cat or dog, but there are several things to consider before deciding to bring a new pet into your home. Caring for a pet is a commitment and often requires families to adjust their lifestyles. Too often, people are unaware of what is required to raise a happy and healthy pet. To ensure successful pet adoptions this time of year, encourages prospective pet parents to consider the following before making a decision to adopt.

  1. Travel: Being unable to care for your new dog or cat because you are traveling over the holidays is not the best way to start off your relationship. If you know you will be traveling, even if you are able to bring along your new pet, it is probably best to wait until after the holidays to adopt.
  2. Holiday Parties: If you are hosting parties over the holidays, particularly if there will be many guests in attendance, it may be wise to wait until after the holiday season to adopt. Your new pet will still be getting acclimated to his environment, and the presence of many people, loud noises, unfamiliar smells, and holiday decorations may overwhelm him. Pets also like routine. People coming and going can cause confusion and detract from his transition into his new home.
  3. Safety: Pets, especially puppies and kittens, have a tendency to get into everything. Making sure your house is pet-proofed for the holidays is an extremely important consideration to take prior to adopting. If you do decide to adopt a dog or cat during the holidays, make sure to prepare yourself and your pet for brisk morning walks and potential winter pet dangers.

If you are still unsure about whether or not to adopt a pet during the holidays, volunteering at your local animal shelter is a great way to spend time with pets and learn more about what it takes to be a committed pet parent.  

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