Have You Considered Adopting a Pet?

In Lifestyle by Elizabeth Stephenson

Regardless of your age, or the circumstances in your life, pets can be a wonderful, healthy addition to your life. They are cute, fluffy, and loyal companions who love you unconditionally (even cats). In addition to companionship, it is a kind act to adopt an animal. You are saving an animal’s life when you adopt. This is because the adoptable population of animals in shelters are there because they are stray, abandoned, or owner-surrendered animals. In addition, when you adopt an animal, a kennel becomes open for another animal’s to stay.

Should I Adopt?

At New Direction Family Law, we love animals. However, we also understand that pet ownership is not for everyone. Before you make a decision, there are several things to consider.

  • Whether your home can accommodate a pet. You must have adequate space in your house or apartment to pass the animal shelter’s initial screening. In addition, make sure that your apartment, landlord, or home-owner’s association approve of you having a pet. There are also breed and size restrictions in many apartments to be aware of.
  • Are your children, partner, or housemates allergic to particular animals? If the answer is yes, this may be a deal-breaker.
  • Does your work or travel schedule allow you the time to care for a pet? Dogs especially, need to be walked and let out to use the bathroom.
  • Are you prepared for the food and medical expenses of an animal? It can easily cost more than $1000 per year to buy food and supplies, grooming, and to obtain annual veterinary care for your animal. This does not include unforeseen medical costs.
  • Pets should not be an impulse decision. Dogs and cats require a sincere commitment as they can live from fifteen to twenty years.

Where Can I Adopt a Pet?

Wake County Animal Center, which is run by the county government, offers dogs, cats, and numerous “Little Critters” and farm animals for adoption. The adoption fee for dogs is $95 and cats is $45; however, the animal center has occasional adoption events where they waive these fees to encourage people to adopt. Locate in Raleigh, you can reach the Animal Center at 919-212-PETS (7387).

SPCA of Wake County, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, is a local non-profit that seeks “to transform the lives of pets and people through protection, care, education, and adoption.” The SPCA has dogs, cats, and small animals available for adoption. Their phone number is 919-772-2326.

New Direction Family Law

New Direction Family Law is a family law firm with more than twenty years of combined legal experience serving people in need of protective orders, separations, divorces, child custody orders, and child support orders. We serve Wake, Johnston, Lee, Harnett, Cumberland, Nash, Granville, Franklin, and Durham counties. If you need legal assistance, call us today at (919) 719-3470 to schedule an initial appointment or online at our website.