Finding the best pet for your family
often, people overlook the most important factor when deciding
on a pet -- the long-term cost of caring for their new family
member. When the right animal is paired with the right person,
their coexistence can be easy. But if your lifestyle is already
a busy one, a pet may become a burden.
Take time to learn all you need
to know about the animal of your choice before taking one
home. Think of all that will be required of you. Will you
feel the same about your pet after three or ten years? Can
you afford veterinarian visits and food for your animal for
that length of time and can you keep your pet safe and healthy?
If you already
devote your time to a family and a job, can you afford one
more obligation? Consider the alternatives to pet ownership
such as sponsorship and volunteerism. That approach can be
every bit as satisfying as owning a pet.
If you are convinced
that you will be physically and financially able to care for
an animal full time, then use our collection of facts and
experts' opinions to make picking the right pet easier.
Illustrations by Brandy