Adopting a new family member is a big deal; one we know you don’t take lightly.
To help you feel confident making a good decision, the adoption process at the SPCA of SW Michigan begins with a short survey to help you find the best match. Then an Adoption Counselor will help you through the selection process.
For example, a beautiful long-haired dog may have caught your eye. Is this the best match for both of you? It might be, if you have the time to properly groom the dog. Please be open to an Adoption Counselors suggesting a different pet – the best fit will make it a successful transition for the new family member and rewarding for you too.
Are you aware of the resources to support a new animals in your household? Consider the yearly (and emergency) veterinary visits cost, supplies, and food. The ASPCA estimates the annual cost of a large dog to be $780, and a cat is $575.
The costs for your dog could be less – or it could be more. You may want to call your veterinary professional to see what is recommended care, estimated costs and assure a plan for their care. It's simply best for you and animal to commit to their care with adequate resources; be that financial, space or time.
Remember that dogs and cats need attention every day! Both dogs and cats should be groomed regularly (some daily!) and exercised. Some dogs need more exercise than others, so that’s something to talk about with your Adoption Counselor. Cats need daily attention, too. They don’t need walking but they do need human attention.