Do a Self-Assessment
Adoption is less expensive than buying from a breeder, and not just because the price is lower: Many shelters invest in training, medical care, and spaying and neutering. But owning a pet can still cost $1,000 or more per year, so budget accordingly. And be realistic about your schedule, the length of the commitment (dogs and cats can live for 15 years or more), and how calm—or chaotic—your home is. A timid cat could do well in a quiet apartment, while a large, active dog may be better suited to a busy household with a yard.
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