Things to Consider Before Adoption
The Missouri City Animal Services Division cares for and attempts to find suitable homes for the many stray, abandoned, and orphaned cats and dogs found on the streets of Missouri City. Before adopting a pet, we suggest you consider the following:
- Consider your budget. Adopting a pet requires you to consider the amount of time and funding it takes to provide food, shelter and medical care for the animal.
- Consider your lifestyle. Consider all issues related to the effect the animal may or may not have and how you may need to adjust.
- Are you away from the house a considerable amount of time?
- Do you travel a lot?
- Will you have the time to train, socialize and offer companionship to a new animal?
- Consult the whole family. Everyone who has to live with the animal should be in agreement before adopting the animal. Everyone should consider his or her involvement in the care of the animal. If you have small children, consider who will care for the animal once the kids lose interest.
- Don't make a spur of the moment decision to adopt. Seeing a cute, furry animal "in the store window," or your children hounding you, are not good reasons to adopt.
- Evaluate your living accommodations. Do you rent or lease? If so, there may be a pet deposit or pets may not be allowed at all. Consult your leasing company or landlord before adopting.