Animal Activist Jeanne Rowzee’s Top 5 Questions to Ask Before Adopting an Animal
Adopting a pet is exciting; however, it is also a serious life decision. You’ll have another life to care for, feed and raise. If it is your first time adopting a pet, you’re going to make drastic life changes that alter your current lifestyle. Jeanne Rowzee is the founder of Homeward Bound Animal Rescue & Welfare Inc, which is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the safety and well being of animals. Jeanne Rowzee took the time to discuss the five questions that all potential pet adopters must consider prior to adoption.
1. Does My Lifestyle Allow Me to Adopt a Pet?
Are you often on the road for work or do you travel often? Having a pet is a full-time job within itself, and if you’re rarely home, having a pet most likely isn’t for you. Like humans, pets develop eating, sleeping and bathroom routines; but, unlike humans, they aren’t self-sufficient. If you decide to a dog, you will need to walk it regularly. If having a pet doesn’t fit your lifestyle, you should stop yourself there and consider holding off on getting a pet until later in life when your lifestyle has changed. Jeanne Rowzee advocates for animal safety and health, she says that anyone who has a lifestyle that does not permit for proper care of an animal must not become a pet owner, doing so is essentially a form of animal cruelty and is unfair to anything living.
2. Can You Afford to Own an Animal?
Seeing a cute kitten in a pet store or a puppy running around at the park could steal your heart and push you toward wanting to adopt a pet. But another question that is extremely important to ask yourself is if you can afford a pet. Some costs to consider are food, treats, supplies, and veterinarian bills. Animals require delicate care and often that results in the proper vaccination against infectious diseases which can easily run into the hundreds of dollars. Unfortunately, animals are not able to communicate their illnesses or issues with humans, and therefore the diagnosis of an aliment must be conducted by a trained veterinarian. Jeanne Rowzee wants all readers to understand that emergency medical bills for animals are expensive and those seeking to adopt must have a significant emergency pet fund.
3. Is Your Home Fit for A Pet — And How Much Destruction Can You Handle?
Pets can cause a ruckus and without proper supervision they can quickly destroy an unsuspecting home. Jeanne Rowzee states that many potential pet adopters do not realize the potential damage even the smallest of pets can do to a home. You must analyze your home and determine if it is suitable for a pet to live in, and you additionally must address your tolerance for potential destruction.
4. Why Do You Want to Adopt?
Pets can be great companions and we can form lasting bonds with them. That’s a great reason to adopt, but you need to know why you want to adopt an animal. Is it off a whim? Is it because you need company around the house? Or maybe because you want to take cute pictures with a small dog for Instagram?
Jeanne Rowzee advocates that adopters must clearly identify their reason for adoption and then you must determine if your reason is pure and has the best intentions for your animal.
5. Do you — or will you — have children around your pet?
Maybe you are single today, but in five years you could be married with children. So, if you’re going to adopt a pet, it’s important to make sure they interact well with kids and keep their space. Most times, you can ask the shelter if the pet is aggressive, but sometimes, after children are born, pets change and are angry that their losing your attention. So, it is important to make sure you consider the future when thinking about adopting.