this the right time for you to adopt a new
this is not the right time for you to adopt
a new pet, both you and your new animal
buddy will be disappointed and frustrated.
Before you adopt a new little buddy
you need to make sure that you will have the
time and energy to devote to this critical
period of bonding with your new friend.
Denver Dumb Friends League has developed the
following checklist to help one determine if
this is the right time to consider adopting
a new animal.
the following events that have either
occurred in your life in the past 6 months,
or that you think may occur in the coming 6
Divorce or end or a relationship
Change in living arrangements (new
roommates or moving in with significant
Move to a new residence
Pregnancy or new baby
Longer hours or increased
responsibility at work
Children leaving home or moving back
Caretaking responsibilities for
elderly or ill family member
Significant changes in family routine
Death of a family member
Death or disappearance of a family
Relinquishment of a pet (given away
or brought to an animal shelter)
Significant health problems of a
Change in working status of a family
member (begins work, changes jobs or
Frequent travel, either for business
Limited leisure or free time
Graduation from high school or
Disagreement among family members
about adopting a pet
Add one point for every pet you
currently have (one aquarium counts as one
checked box is worth 1 point – with the
exception of the last box which gives you 1
point for every pet.)
life seems fairly stable. Now is probably a
reasonable time to acquire a new pet.
have a lot of responsibilities right now.
Although adopting a pet may still
work for you, a small mammal, an adult cat,
or well-trained, adult dog would probably be
more appropriate than a kitten, a puppy or
an active breed of dog.
think twice about this.
With all the changes and
responsibilities in your life right now, you
may not have time to care for a new pet.
It would be better for both you and
the pet if you wait until your life settles
down a bit.
10+: STOP! DON’T PASS GO!
Acquiring a pet now is not a wise
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