So you've decided that adopting a pet from the shelter is something that is of interest to you. That is a wonderful and noble thing that you want to do, as there are so many loving pets just waiting to be adopted, finding their forever home. When adopting a pet, there are many things that one must take into consideration, before making the long-lasting commitment to love and care for a pet.
The first thing you need to ask yourself before going to the shelter is, do you have the time to care for a pet and give them the attention that they deserve? Not saying that one shouldn't get a pet, but they all require attention and to be cared for. Some pets do not demand as much attention, or have as many needs, so this should be something you think about if you have minimal spare time to devote to a pet.
Now it's time to go to the shelter and make the selection of what pet you're going to adopt and make a part of your family. It is very important that before you commit to adopting any animal, you are 100% sure that they are a good match for you. Pets are not something that should be bounced around from home to home, or returned to the shelter, as they do not deserve that. They need and deserve to have a loving, forever home.
Things to consider when choosing what pet you want to adopt, along with the care and time they will need, is also going to be their behavior, any health issues they could have, are they kid-friendly(if kids will be around your pet), how the animal interacts with other animals (incase you have other pets at home), how the animal interacts with you or your family, and how their temperament is? As stated earlier, it is very important to make sure that this animal is a right fit for you and your family, if you have one. Also, if this new animal is being welcomed into an environment where pets already exist, it is important that the existing pets do not make the new pet feel frightened, or the other way around, if at all possible. Now you do have to understand that there is going to be an adjustment period temporarily when the new animal is brought into your home and that is normal.
Bringing your pet home is going to be frightening for your pet at first. They are going to be scared until they get comfortable with their surroundings. During this period they may not eat or drink, come out from the hiding spot that they have found, making them feel safe, or let you touch them. Do not worry. This is what they are doing as a natural instinct, in order to make themselves feel safe and protected, until they are comfortable with their new home. This should only last a...