Before you decide to adopt a pet-or not to do so-take some time to ask yourself some important questions. Honestly assess your own level of interest in having an animal. Does the thought fill you with anticipation-or dread? Does everyone in the household want a pet? If you want an animal, but your partner is opposed or indifferent to the idea, what will this mean for the pet and the children later on? Parents’ attitudes toward family pet ownership are predicted in part by their own childhood experiences with animals.
Did you have a pet when you were young? Did you enjoy the experience? Do you want another pet? Studies of the relinquishment of companion animals have shown that those that are obtained primarily “for the children” are more likely to be given up than other animals.
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