Is It Time For A New Family Member?

Four pictures of pets, cats, dogs, hamster, bird, lizard. With quote: The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.

In this blog series on pet loss, we have dealt with the reality of what our pets mean to us and the impact on our lives when they are gone. No one should ever diminish the grief they, or someone they know, feels when a pet dies. Knowing when, or if, to bring another pet to love into your home should be a carefully weighed decision. Here are some things to think about before you take that step.

Give yourself and your family time to grieve. There is no set timeline, but people do need to adjust to the loss, and everyone may be on a different grieving schedule. Best not to rush anyone into accepting a new member of the household.

Consider whether you have the time, energy and resources to care for another pet. Pets require ongoing care, attention and financial commitment. Be sure to include all the family in the decision as everyone will be impacted and have a role in caring for the new family member!

Options are many for finding a new pet. Consider adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue organization rather than buying from a breeder, pet store or unknown individual. There are many pets in need of loving homes and rescue organizations are careful to vet potential owners.

When finding a new pet don’t be in a hurry. Consider factors such as size, age, energy level and compatibility with any other pets in the household.  This is especially important concerning seniors. They need to take their own age into play as well. How long will they be able to care for the pet in their current home? Pets can be wonderful companions for seniors, if it is a good match.

This ends our blog series on pet loss. We hope it has provided you with good information and presented things to carefully consider in all stages of owning a pet. We all love our pets and want the best for them and for the families who love them.