Cats and Dogs can live up to 20 years, so it’s really important that you select a pet that is going to fit with your personality, household dynamics, and future plans.
Are you looking for a pet that is full of energy and playful? Or would you prefer a pet that is content to hang with you around the house all day, and nap on your lap while you watch TV or read a book?
Personality and Temperament
Would you have the time and calm environment needed to nurture a shy, or fearful pet and help build back their confidence and zest for life? Or, would you prefer a pet that is outgoing or independent and that would slot perfectly into a busy home?
It's also important to consider the personality and temperament of any existing pets. How will they respond to a new addition to the family, and how will you manage the integration?
Housing and Council Regulations
Permits & Permission
The regulations for pet ownership differ between councils, this includes the requirement for registration, curfews for cats, and on/off leash walking for dogs. These are often easily found on each council website.
if you are renting, it's vital that you consult with your landlord and secure their permission before applying for adoption.
Home Life and Holidays
It's perfectly fine to work outside the home and be a pet owner. It's also completely reasonable to take holidays throughout the year. But, before adopting a pet, consider how much time they will be on their own, and how this will be managed. How will you be sure they are safe and have the required stimulation and comforts when you are not home? Who will care for them when you go on holidays?
Costs associated with owning a pet
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 - $900 depending on the type and age of the animal).
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? How would you manage unexpected medical expenses if your animal was to become ill?