A decision to get a family dog is a big one, but as most pet owners will assure you, any pet can be a wonderful addition to your family. However, how well do we research a potential newcomer to our family? Does the new cat like children? Can this new puppy adjust to another pet already in the house? Many of us fail to take proper consideration of a pets needs while we focus solely on our own. This is giving Humane Societies and Animal Shelters big problems.
Unfortunately, there is an abundance of Jack Russell Terriers, hounds and other dogs who are extremely active and require a lot of attention. These pets are a welcome addition to any family, but sometimes the owners of these pets do not do enough research on how much time these pups may need. Regular walks, an active lifestyle and loving owners are just a few of the requirements to own these great pets.
In many cases, city animal shelters and humane societies are seeing an abundance of dogs that are active, such as the amount of Jack Russell terriers dropped off at their front door. It is becoming all too common that people are adopting these pets and not realizing the commitment you must give them. Therefore, these pets are dropped off at a shelter. These societies are overwhelmed with all animals, including these pets and it is harder for them to find potential active owners in the big city then in a suburban or rural area. Often times they spend long periods in these shelters and in worse case scenarios in some cities, are put down because of overcrowding.
If you have any interest in getting a new pet for your family, do your research! Whether it is a hamster or a Jack Russell terrier, see what the needs are of the pet and make sure you are as good of a fit for that pet as that pet is a good fit for your family. If this is the case, take the time to check out humane societies or animal shelters. They have a lot of loving animals who could use a good home, and the shelters need to take in more animals, so the empty spot is also appreciated. So commit to the three R’s , RESEARCH, RELATE and RAISE a new pet into your family