Getting a Pet

Getting a new pet is a big decision that should not be made quickly without proper research and preparation. Dogs can live up to 15 years or more and cats even longer. When you decide to adopt a pet, you should be prepared to take care of him or her for the length of their lifetime.

There are lots of things to consider before getting a new pet:

  • Will the pet’s exercise needs match my lifestyle?
  • Will the pet’s temperment and personality fit into my family?
  • Will I be willing and able to take care of the grooming necessary to keep this pet healthy and happy?
  • Can I afford the costs associated with food, supplies and veterinary care necessary to keep my pet safe, healthy and happy?
  • Will I have the time to spend with this pet to give him or her the love and training necessary to keep us both happy?

Please review the various resources and information on this site to help you think through these and other questions as you consider bringing a new pet into your family. And once you’ve done your research and are ready to move forward with getting a new pet, there are many resources and services listed here to get you started on the right foot.

Becoming a pet parent is a wonderfully exciting thing to do. There will always be challenges along the way, but as with anything else worth doing, the blessings you receive from this new relationship far outweigh the heartache.

Welcome to Pet Parenting!

Adoption is the Best Option

The facts are plain and simple, pet store puppies come from puppy mills. Puppy mills are legal large scale breeding operations where dogs are bred for profit and puppies are mass produced. Dogs are considered “livestock” in the eyes of the USDA so puppy mills are legal.

FACT: There are approximately 10,000 puppy mills in the United States. These commercial “dog mating” facilities supply our nations pet stores, sell directly to the public thru beatiful disguised websitesas well as thru newspaper ads.

FACT: According to The Humane Society United States, “99% of pet shop puppies come from puppy mills.”

Buyer Beware! Pet stores, newspaper ads or web sites selling dogs will tell you anything to sell a puppy.

(information provided by The Puppy Mill Project.)

Where & How to Adopt

There are a lot of great shelter and rescue organizations in and around Chicago where you can go to adopt your new pet. Each organization has its own criteria for adoption approval and its own way of proceeding through the adoption process.

The adoption organizations will ask you questions and have you fill out applications, and some may do home visits and call landlords and references too. This is all done to ensure that the pet is going to an appropriate home where it will be happy and healthy and will hopefully remain for its lifetime.

Here are some adoption organizations and some information on how their adoption procedures work:

 Welcoming Home Your New Pet

Bringing home a new furry family member can be very exciting. It also involves some preparation to make sure you, your family and your home are ready for this new pet. Do you have all the supplies you need? Has your home been dog or cat proofed to ensure the pet’s safety and the safety of your belongings? Below are a few resources to help you make the necessary preparations.





Welcoming home a new dog:

Welcome Home: Preventing Problems from Day One (by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary)

Bringing Your New Dog Home (by the Humane Society of the United States)

Bringing Your New Dog Home (by Partnership for Animal Welfare)

Welcoming home a new cat:

Welcome Home: Preventing Problems from Day One (by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary)

9 Ways to Welcome Home Your New Cat (by Petfinder)

Bringing Your New Cat Home (by the Humane Society of the United States)

More Info on Caring for Your Pet: