More than Just a Present: Adopting a Pet During the Holidays

Adopting a pet is a huge responsibility.

A quick stroll through any store will reveal the majority of holiday gifts are, unfortunately, disposable. While there are definitely meaningful or useful holiday presents out there, we mostly just enjoy them a few times before they’re relegated to a closet or donation pile.

So, where do pets fit in with all of this? In an effort to spread love and goodness, people commonly like to get a pet this time of year. However, it’s important to keep in mind this doesn’t always have a happy ending. Many people find pet ownership just isn’t a commitment they can make right now (or ever). In other words, adopting a pet is a serious endeavor that requires much consideration before taking the plunge.

First Introductions

The holidays fill us with a collective feeling of kindness, generosity, and goodwill toward others. Likewise, animal lovers are distinctly aware of all the homeless pets waiting to be adopted at local shelters, foster homes, and rescues.

If adopting a pet during the holidays is the right choice for you and your family, go for it! We truly admire your commitment to pets in need. However, as with any major life decision, there are important factors to consider beforehand.

On the Road

The key to supporting a newly adopted pet hinges on routine wellness care. Establishing a healthy baseline is integral to lifelong strength, fitness, and vitality. It also helps us compare values later on in life if and when things change. At All Creatures Veterinary Hospital of Brooklyn, we offer customized wellness plans to help ensure every patient is as happy and healthy as possible.

A New Environment

Adopting a pet and adjusting to a new routine can be a piece of cake or it can sometimes be challenging. For example, what’s your housing situation like? If you already have animals in the home, you have some work to do to ensure that everyone can co-exist peacefully.

Supporting and enforcing boundaries is a huge factor when helping a new pet assimilate to their environment. Slow, calm introductions are required. Children are often so excited about a new pet that their enthusiasm can actually frighten an already anxious animal.

Whatever your situation, we encourage you to consider everything before adopting a pet this holiday season.

A Word About Senior Pets

Adopting a pet is a wonderful experience, and, when faced with the decision, we encourage you to look at senior pets as potential new additions. While they are older, they still have a lot of love to give. Plus, they’re already socialized, trained, and are simply eager to hang out with others.

The Endless Love of Adopting a Pet

Adopting a pet during the holidays can be extremely meaningful and rewarding. Not only are you opening your heart and home to an animal in need, you’re also freeing up space and resources for other homeless pets.

As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns. Our veterinarians and staff are always here for you and your new pet!