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Choosing a pet

Getting a new pet can be very exciting but there are lots of things to think about before choosing the right pet for you. A responsible pet owner will want to keep their pet friendly, healthy and happy so you will need to think very carefully about how best to do this.

Consider your lifestyle before making the decision to take on a pet:

  • How much time do you have to devote to its care?

  • Do you have the appropriate indoor and outdoor space for your pet’s needs?

  • If you travel or are away a lot who will care for your pet?

  • Do you have children, and if so how will your pet fit in with them?

  • Are you looking for a pet that is independent and requires less human contact or one that is affectionate and enjoys human company?

  • Are you in good health and able to care for a pet?

You will also need to consider the average lifespan of the pet you are taking on; while some small animals may only live for a few years, cats for example can easily live to the age of 20. Whichever animal you choose, it’s a serious and usually long-term commitment. Think about the future and whether the pet you have chosen will still suit you in the years to come.

You will need to consider the costs of taking on a pet:

  • Initial set up costs – the cost of rehoming or purchasing your pet, bedding or outdoor accommodation and other essentials such as collars and leads and toys.

  • One-off costs – neutering, microchipping (although many rescue centres, including Wood Green, will offer this as part of the rehoming fee).

  • Annual costs – booster vaccinations.

  • Monthly costs – food, flea and worming treatments, pet insurance, bedding (for small or field animals).

For more detailed information on the different types of pet available to rehome from Wood Green, and the time, lifestyle, commitments and costs involved, please visit our Pet advice area.

Whichever animal you choose, it’s not a responsibility to be taken lightly. Do some research into the pet you are interested in, or contact us for further advice.