Energy Levels Is the pet laid back, playful or energetic. Does it prefer to nap most of the day, or does it require regular interaction (and in the case of a dog, how many times a day will it require walking?) Does this fit with your lifestyle and time availability?
Personality and Temperament Is the pet shy, confident, adaptable, fearful, laid back, independent etc? How would this pet’s personality fit with the dynamic in your household?
Special Needs Does the pet have have any special needs (eg. fears, triggers, medical conditions) and how would you manage and accommodate these?
Future Plans Cats and Dogs can live up to 20 years. What are your future plans? Are you planning to travel, relocate, expand your family etc.
Housing and Council Regulations Will the pet live indoors our outdoors? Does it require specific bedding, fencing or enclosures? The regulations for pet ownership differ between councils. Make sure you are aware of these.
Do you have permission to have a pet? If you are renting, do you have landlord permission?
Holidays Who will look after your pet when you go on holidays?
Your existing pets? Do you have any existing pets and how would they respond to a new addition to the family?
Adoption Fee All OAAT pets are vaccinated, desexed and microchipped prior to adoption. They will also be up to date with all worming and flea treatments. This is all covered in the adoption fees (which generally range from $200 – $400 depending on the type and age of the animal).
Ongoing costs Cats and Dogs can live up to 20 years. This is 20 years of feeding, vet care, council registration, toys, training, etc. Does this fit with your budget and finances?
Unexpected Medical Care Although we all hope it never happens, pets can get unexpectedly sick. How would you financially manage a medical emergency?