After wanting to adopt a pup for years, I finally took a deep breath and headed to the Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center on Wednesday. After walking around and seeing all of those hopeful eyes looking back at me (I’m not going to lie, I was tearing up pretty badly and it wasn’t because of the dander), I saw a little furball wagging her tail and smiling at me. I opened the door to her room and she immediately went for me, spinning in circles and jumping up on me. I asked her if she wanted me to take her home and it became pretty clear that she was totally down for that. I headed back up to the front desk and signed her paperwork and I’m picking her up today!
Hello, Birdie! (I’m keeping this as a ‘before’ picture… she definitely has an oatmeal bath and good brushing in her future!)
I was lucky to grow up in the country, living with tons of different animals throughout my life. I never really viewed caring for my animals as a chore because we viewed them as members of our family, but taking proper care of a pet can be tough. Keeping this in mind, it baffles me when people are so eager to surrender their animals when their living situations change. I mean, I certainly know that it isn’t easy at times—a few years ago, I was going through some major issues and ended up leaving my cat with my ex-boyfriend. I knew that he would take wonderful care of her, but it’s something that still bothers me to this day. So if you’re thinking of adopting an animal, here are a few things to consider beforehand…
1. Is my current space big enough for my pet?
If you’re currently living in a small space, it may not be the best time to adopt an animal that requires space to play. If you’re in an efficiency or small space, I recommend getting a fish until you get a space that’s a little larger. I have three beloved betta fish (the last one I owned lived for many years) and I was a little surprised by how much I enjoy their company. If you already have a pet and relocated to a smaller space, make sure you make up for it with lots of walks and play time.
2. What will happen if I move and the place where I want to move doesn’t allow pets?
We haven’t found our forever home, so we are moving at least once every year or two. When you have a pet, it can impact your living arrangements and options. There are breed restrictions, expensive pet deposits and downstairs neighbors that won’t take kindly to a critter playing right above their heads. If this is something that gives you pause, it may be best to put the brakes on any plans to adopt just yet. There are tons of ways to work around this, though—request a ground floor apartment, save up for a pet deposit in advance, etc.