6) Not Considering a Shelter Animal
Many people make the mistake of thinking you can only get a good dog or cat if you get it as a puppy or kitten. This isn’t necessarily the case. There are shelters who take in beautiful pedigree and mixed breeds. Sometimes a dog, for example, can be a perfect pedigree or a beautiful mixed breed, and had to be surrendered by the original owner for various reasons. Adopting one of these shelter pets is preferable because you are giving a beautiful animal a second lease on life. You are also freeing up space in the shelter for another pet to have a second chance. People think that because it’s a shelter pet, it’s a no-brainer. That’s another mistake. Many of these shelters have a rigorous adoption process to ensure the pet is going to the right home with good care, and won’t be returned.
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