Pet Adoption TipsAre you considering bringing a pet home to your family? Like children, pets require a commitment of time, money, and love. Unfortunately, though, many people are unprepared for just how much of a commitment pets can be, which may explain why so many end up in shelters. About five to seven million animals enter shelters nationwide each year, roughly half of which were relinquished by owners, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). To ensure you get the right pet for you, here are 10 questions to ask before adopting.
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1) What's the Pet's Average Life Span?
Life spans vary from animal to animal, which is why you need to do some research. Small dogs tend to live 14 to 19 years on average while bigger dogs could live 10 to 15 years, says Kristi Littrell, adoption manager at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah. Meanwhile, cats can live 15 to 20 years, parrots 50 to 60 years, andRead More »from 10 Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Pet