5 Reasons to be Patient when Adopting a Pet


First dates don’t always turn into lifelong love, so why expect you’ll find your furry soulmate on your first meet-up? It makes sense to take your time when adopting a pet. Here are five reasons why being patient will help you find the right pet to adopt.

1. When adopting a pet, you’ll learn more about Fluffy, Fido, or Kitty.

Just as you ask questions of a potential love interest on your first date — “Where did you grow up?” or “What do you like to do in your spare time?” – you’ll want to ask a guardian (pet owner) questions about your potential pet. Take the time to really learn about the pet’s likes/dislikes and ask yourself if they would be a good fit for your home. Start with our comprehensive set of questions to ask a guardian. If you are adopting a pet from a shelter and can’t speak to the guardian, speak with volunteers and staff to see who knows the pet and has spent one-on-one time them. Come prepared with a list of questions so that you won’t be too distracted by cuteness and forget what to ask!

2. You’ll meet more wonderful pets and have more options.

Each year, it’s estimated that more than one million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters. And that’s only the pets that are ending up in shelters! There are thousands of another pets looking for homes outside of the shelter system, like all the wonderful pets available for adoption on getyourpet.com. Talk about options! We encourage you to meet at least 3 animals in your journey of adopting a pet; get out there and see what’s available in your area. And if you’re still not sure about the Get Your Pet adoption messaging process, click here for some expert guidance.

3. You’ll gear up for what’s coming when adopting a pet.

Use the time period searching for a pet to get your home prepared. Before adopting a pet, you’ll want to have food, dishes, toys, leashes, collars, and more. That way, when your new pet comes home, all you’ll need to do is spend time with them!

4. You’ll strengthen your commitment.

Successful relationships happen when both sides give 100%. It’s a given that your newly-adopted pet will offer you 100% of their love. Your taking the extra time to identify the right match for you is just the first step in demonstrating your 100% commitment to a lifetime of love of the pet you adopt.

5. Practice makes perfect!

The first few weeks after adopting a pet may be challenging, so practicing patience now will come in handy. Click here to learn all about what to expect in the first month after adoption, and be understanding while your new best friend settles in to their new environment and schedule.

Sometimes the process of adopting a pet can feel lengthy and time-consuming. Just remember that there’s light at the end of tunnel and your patience will pay off in a big way – you will find the right pet to share your home and your life with, one who will love you unconditionally in return.