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  1. Be realistic about your lifestyle and energy level. Adopt a dog with the same or lower energy level as you.
    • If you’re a couch potato, don’t adopt a dog who needs lots of exercise. Or consider a cat
    • If you work long hours or travel frequently, don’t adopt a puppy. They need lots of training and attention. Adopt a laid-back older dog instead.
    • Do you have children - consider the childs age and activity level carefuly as some breeds do better with younger children and others with older
  2. Who else lives in your home? 
    • Do you have young children or other pets? It’s important to adopt an animal that will fit in safely and happily with all the members of your household. 
  3. Think critically about your future.
    • Do you want kids? Plan on getting married? Every year, thousands of dogs and cats are left at shelters because “family circumstances” changed some are unavaoidable but all too often its simply an easy fix for people.
  4. Do you have a high-tolerance for fur and slobber? 
    • If you keep an extremely clean home, think hard before adopting a dog who sheds a lot or slobbers everywhere. Some people don’t mind the extra time it takes to brush their dog every day to reduce shedding or wipe slobber from walls that can stick worse then super glue.
  5. Remember that some dogs behave differently at shelters than in their own homes. 
    • Shelters can be loud, stressful places for dogs. They might act shy or aggressive in a shelter environment but be perfectly-behaved in a quiet, safe home. Remeber often times the shelters do not have a complete history of the animal. But with LOVE and PATIENCE on your part you can have one of the greatest gifts adopted dog or cat. 


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