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Are you ready to have a Pet? Checklist for prospective pet owners


Bringing a pet into your home is a significant commitment that comes with its own set of responsibilities and rewards. Before taking the plunge, it’s important to ensure you’re fully prepared for the journey ahead. Here’s a checklist to help you determine if you’re ready to welcome a cat or dog into your life.

Time Commitment

Daily Care: Cats and dogs require daily feeding, exercise, playtime, and grooming. Do you have the time to dedicate to these needs?

Training: Dogs, especially puppies, need consistent training and socialisation. Are you prepared to invest time in training sessions?

Financial Responsibility

Initial Costs: Consider the cost of adoption fees and supplies like bedding, toys, and food. Note that pets from our shelter are already microchipped, desexed, and treated for parasites.

Ongoing Costs: Budget for regular expenses such as food, grooming, pet insurance, parasite treatments and routine vet check-ups.


Living Environment: Do you have enough space for a pet to move around comfortably? Dogs especially need space to run and play.

Pet-Friendly Home: Ensure your home is pet-proofed, with secure outdoor areas and safe indoor spaces free from hazards.

Living Situation: If you rent, make sure you have permission from your landlord, and keep this in mind when moving too.


Activity Level: Choose a pet that matches your activity level. Dogs, particularly certain breeds, require regular exercise, while cats can be more independent.

Routine: Consider how a pet will fit into your daily routine. Do you travel frequently or have long working hours that could impact your pet’s well-being?

Long-Term Commitment

Lifespan: Pets are a long-term commitment. Dogs can live up to 15 years, while cats can live into their 20s. Do the exercise and calculate how old are you now and how old you will be in 15-20 years. Are you prepared for this long-term responsibility?

Life Changes: Think about potential life changes such as moving, having children, or changes in work situations. Will you still be able to care for your pet?

Allergies and Health

Allergies: Check if anyone in your household has allergies to pet hair or dander.

Health Considerations: Ensure you’re physically able to care for a pet, especially dogs that require regular walks and playtime.

Support System

Backup Plan: Have a plan in place for someone to care for your pet in case of emergencies or if you go on holiday.

Pet Sitter/Walker: Consider the availability of pet sitters or dog walkers in your area if your schedule is particularly demanding.

Knowledge and Research

Breed Research: Different breeds have different needs and temperaments. Research the breeds you’re interested in to ensure they’re a good fit for your lifestyle.

Training and Behaviour: Educate yourself on basic training techniques (like positive reinforcement) and common behavioural issues to be better prepared.

Taking the time to carefully consider these factors will help you determine if you’re ready to welcome a cat or dog into your life. Remember, adopting a pet is a lifelong commitment that requires love, patience, and dedication. If you tick all the boxes on this checklist, you’re well on your way to becoming a responsible and loving pet owner. Happy adopting!

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