So You Want To Adopt?

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If you're like most of us, falling in love with a pet is easy. And no wonder! Sharing your home with a four-legged friend can be one of life's greatest joys. They give us unconditional loyalty and acceptance, provide constant companionship, and even help relieve stress after a hard day's work. Let's not forget all that LOVE!

Adopting a pet is a big decision. Airedales are a unique breed, and they require lots of time, money, and commitment-over 15 years worth if you're one of the lucky ones. Pet ownership can be rewarding for everyone involved, human and 'dale - especially when you think through your decision thoroughly before adopting.

Things To Know

The fact that you're thinking about adopting means you're a responsible and caring person.
Before you make your decision, take a moment to think over these questions:
  • Why do you want a pet?
    It's amazing how many people fail to ask themselves this simple question before they get a pet. Adopting a pet just because it's "the thing to do" or because the kids have been pining for a puppy usually ends up being a big mistake. Don't forget that pets may be with you 10, 15, even 20 years.
  • Do you have time for a pet?
    Dogs and particularly Airedales need your attention and time. They require food, water, exercise, care, and companionship every day of every year. Many animals in the shelter are there because their owners didn't realize how much time it took to care for them.
  • Can you afford a pet?
    The costs of pet ownership can be quite high. Licenses, training classes, spaying and neutering, veterinary care, grooming, toys, food, kitty litter, and other expenses add up quickly.
  • Are you prepared to deal with special problems that a pet can cause?
    Flea infestations, scratched-up furniture, accidents from animals who aren't yet housetrained, and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but common aspects of pet ownership.
  • Can you have a pet where you live?
    Many rental communities don't allow pets, and most of the rest have restrictions. Make sure you know what they are before you bring a companion animal home.
  • Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet?
    If you have kids under six years old, for instance, you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt a companion. Pet ownership requires children who are mature enough to be responsible. If you're a student, in the military, or travel frequently as part of your work, waiting until you settle down is wise.
  • Are your living arrangements suitable for the animal you have in mind?
    Animal size is not the only variable to think about here. For example, terriers are very active-they require a great deal of exercise to be calm, and they often bark at any noise. On the other hand, some big dogs are laid back and quite content to lie on a couch all day. Before adopting a pet, do some research! That way, you'll ensure you choose an animal that will fit into your lifestyle and your living arrangements.
  • Do you know who will care for your pet while you're away on vacation?
    You'll need either reliable friends and neighbors or money to pay for a boarding kennel or pet-sitting service.
  • Will you be a responsible pet owner?
    Having your pet spayed or neutered, obeying community leash and licensing laws, and keeping identification tags on your pets are all part of being a responsible owner. Of course, giving your pet love, companionship, exercise, a healthy diet, and regular veterinary care are other essentials.
  • Finally, are you prepared to keep and care for the pet for his or her entire lifetime?
    When you adopt a pet, you are making a commitment to care for the animal for his or her entire lifetime.

 

Get An Airedale For Life

Please think before you adopt.

Sharing your life with an Airedale can bring incredible rewards, but only if you're willing to make the necessary commitments of time, money, responsibility, and love-for the life of the pet.

If someone tugs at your heart and you would like to meet him or her, please fill out an Adoption Application.

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