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Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet

Going to pick out a new family pet can be exciting. However, there are a few things you need to think about before making that commitment.

PITTSBURG, KS.--- "We don't want them to bring it back two months later. That's a failure for us. We want that dog to be with that family forever," said Brian West, Animal Caretaker. 

Going to pick out a new family pet can be exciting. However, there are a few things you need to think about before making that commitment. 

"So, it's important that we look at their lifestyle and make sure that, that dog is going to be a fit for them personality wise. If they have young kids, there's some dogs and cats that just don't get along with small kids. So, it's for the safety of the pet and the kids," said Erica Wilson, SEK Humane Society Promotional Director. 

Erica Wilson of the Southeast Kansas Humane Society says it's important to understand the responsibility that comes with owning a pet. 

"Animals are a lot of responsibility. They are a lot of work. If you get a puppy, you need to be prepared to potty train that puppy. You need to be prepared to go through the biting and the scratching phases of the cat. You need to be prepared for all of that. It's important that you look at your lifestyle and make sure that animal is going to fit," she said. 

Dogs and cats require a lot more than love and attention. From dog food and kitty litter to yearly shots. Wilson says people should have a good understanding of what is financially required to be a responsible pet owner. 
 
"There's a lot of different expenses that you don't think about when you first initially get that animal, but you need to consider all that when you do adopt, because we want the animal to be taken care of and provided for," said Wilson. 

Animal caretaker, Brian West, works closely with the animals everyday. Finding a cat or dog a "forever home" is the most rewarding part of his job.

"If I can place that dog in with the ideal situation in my head, I hit a home run. That's a great day," said West. 

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