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Quiz: Are You Ready to Adopt a Pet?

  • October 15, 2012
  • 4:05 pm

7. Allergies are to your family as:

A. Fur is to a hairless cat.
B. Ketchup is to eggs (works for some, not for others).
C. Wet is to a dog’s nose.

8. You and your partner of two years just parted ways, and your friend suggests adopting a dog to ease a broken heart. You:

A. Remind yourself that your next main squeeze could have a pet allergy and volunteer at a local shelter instead.
B. Take the long way home past the dog park to scope out like-minded potential mates.
C. Head straight to and surf for cuddly cuties. A new pet is as good as a tub of ice cream.

9. When you look outside your window, you see:

A. A sprawling backyard, white fence and all.
B. Your neighbor’s brick wall.
C. What window? I live in a box.

10. The most fitting Halloween costume for you would be:

A. A washed-up nightclub singer—you do the same gig night after night.
B. An ambulance driver. Your hours are set, but when you’re on, you’re moving.
C. A cowboy. You’re only at home when roaming from town to town.


Your Answers:

Mostly As: Congratulations! You are ready to adopt. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest shelter. Karen Okura of the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago describes you, the responsible adopter, as someone “with the patience of a saint” who acknowledges that an animal has his or her own culture and who strives to understand that culture. You have realistic expectations of your future animal companion’s behavior and also have the time, money, and energy for permanent pet parenthood.

Mostly Bs: Permanent pet guardianship is not for you at this time. Consider being a foster parent or adopting a lower-maintenance pet, such as a guinea pig or a lizard. Okura recommends volunteering at your local shelter or rescue.

Mostly Cs: Don’t even sneeze in the direction of a shelter right now—go straight to puppy cam. According to Okura, you fall into this category if you think that having a pet will fill a void in your life. The decision to adopt a pet needs to be based on more than emotion. All pets are an investment of time and money as well as love.

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11:43PM PST on Jan 23, 2014

nope not ready

4:16AM PDT on May 8, 2013

Always ask oneself these questions before adopting a pet since it's a life

5:20PM PST on Mar 9, 2013

Sharing, thanks

8:03AM PDT on Oct 27, 2012


3:58PM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Adopt! Don’t shop! your local municipality probably has a dozen or more pets waiting for homes and you may have an SPCA, Humane Society or local rescue in your town/city too

9:00AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

6:39AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

I already adopted, if I had more space, I would like to take some more animals! You never know...

5:37PM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

If you are thinking about pet ownership, please Adopt & do NOT buy. Just remember it takes a lot of responsibility to own a pet, it is just like having a baby. It needs to be fed, walked, loved, taken to the vet, etc. If you feel you are ready.....please go to the nearest shelter & adopt. It is the best feeling ever.

10:52AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Thanks, many people adopt a animal and don't really think about it as they should since a animal can live 17+ years. Pets are great but only if you are ready for the commitment and are ready for the expense of keeping the pet healthy,and happy. I have two wonderful dogs that I adopted and want to get another however I want to pay up some bills before I do adopt. That way I can give the best to my new friend.

3:53AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012


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