Is Now the Right Time to Adopt?

Photo: Erin F.

Have you been thinking about adopting a pet?
“Now is a good time to get a pet, so the pet can acclimate to the new home,” says Elaina Tancredi, the executive director of Saved Me Adoption.

Since we have to be at home right now, why not share your space with a lovable animal. You may not even need to make a full commitment. In some instances, rescues and shelters are looking for foster parents. Many local pet rescues and shelters need your help and are open by appointment. Here is a list of local rescues and shelters.

FOSTERING OR ADOPTING: WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

If you are interested in bringing a pet into your family, you have two options: foster or adopt. Neither option should be taken lightly as each demands a level of commitment. Both options require you to be responsible for the well-being of a dog or cat; the difference is the length of time.

Fostering is temporarily taking an animal into your home with the understanding that someone will ultimately adopt them permanently. One of the biggest jobs of a foster parent is to set the dog or cat up for success in their forever home. You would be required to teach them manners and socialization.

Adopting an animal, on the other hand, is more of a long-term commitment and should only be considered if a person is looking to have an animal in their life for the long haul.

There are many benefits of having an animal in the house. If you are considering either fostering or adopting a pet, take this quiz to see if this is the right time for you.

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