How to Adopt a Pet

Guide / How to Adopt a Pet

Elena Barnard

Animal Friends Pet Insurance

This guide takes a look at the topic of pet adoption and outlines the key aspects that need to be contemplated.

Where to Find Your Pet

The first matter to focus on is where to find your adopted friend. There are a number of different sources and situations in which a cat or dog can be taken home to become part of the family. The most common and successful way of placing a pet into a caring home is through animal shelters and rescue groups. They take in strays, nurse them back to health and try to find a home for them. In addition, sometimes people who come across feral or stray animals with no identification will take them home and look after them as their own, rather than take them to shelters or rescue centres. Other sources can come from families or owners who realise they cannot afford to keep a pet and so place an advertisement looking for someone who will take the pet off of their hands. Pets that have been abused or neglected by their owner will often be taken away and placed into a loving environment. There has also been a rise of adopting pets over the internet with rehoming centres’ websites holding information on thousands of companion animals, enabling you to search for a specific kind of cat or dog and hopefully find a right match for both you and the animal.

Common Misconception

A common misconception amongst first time pet owners is that if you adopt a pet from an animal home or rescue centre, you will be bringing home a volatile, unpredictable or unhealthy animal. This is not the case at all. There are many advantages when you adopt a pet.

Benefit of Animal Centres

By going to animal centres you get to meet a different variety of cats and dogs of all shapes, ages and sizes. You will be able to interact with the animals and discover which has the personality that will best suit you; this can be especially helpful if you have young children and want to see how they interact with the differing kinds of dogs and vice-versa.


An animal from a shelter, centre or home will usually be in in good health. Even if he or she was very ill when they arrived at the shelter, the caring staff and veterinarians will have done their utmost best to nurse the cat or dog back to good health and maintain that good health. This also means that the pets will already have had their shots, been de-wormed, been altered and more-often-than-not had their microchips embedded.

Adoption Fee

The fee to adopt a pet is very reasonable and is far less than the fee for purchasing a pup or kitten from a pet shop or breeder. Some shelters even operate a scheme where there is no fee as the need to make space in their shelter is that great.

Can You Provide a Forever Home?

The most important issue with adopting a pet is whether the potential adopter can prove that they can provide what is known as a ‘forever home’. This term, coined by the rescue centres, shelters and homes, refers to a potential adopter being able to provide a safe and permanent home for the pet. In some cases, a person wanting to adopt a previously neglected animal will have to undergo behavioural tests to make sure they will be a good owner to the pet.

Be Sure

If you’re thinking of adopting make sure that you visit the pet a few times to be sure that you are making the right choice concerning the personality of the animal.

    Hello, fellow animal lovers! I’m Elena, and I take care of social media for Animal Friends Insurance. I’m here to share the latest on animal welfare, our charity work and pet care. I foster and adopt rabbits and have a rescue dog called Luna.