A Titan’s guide to pet adoption

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By: Chloe Teall

Staff-writer

My favorite part of my daily routine is tucking in my Great Dane, Jeb, at night. He sleeps on his own bed on a mattress on the floor, but he refuses to rest until I personally tailor the blankets and pillows to his liking. I welcomed Jeb into my family almost five years ago now and it is one of the better decisions I’ve made so far. 

I hope everyone reading this gets to experience a Jeb of their own at some point in their lives. In the coming editions, I will be featuring dogs, cats, and small animals from local rescues that students could potentially adopt if they are suitable. 

Before we get to that I want to offer some advice and factors to consider before bringing a new pet home. To establish a tiny bit of credibility: I have experience working with dogs professionally, including rescues, and have lived with dozens of pets throughout my life.

Anyone considering welcoming a pet into their life should first acknowledge that it is a lifelong commitment to provide care and enrichment for that animal. At times, owning a pet can be massively time-consuming and expensive, and these are burdens that potential adopters need to be aware of.

Some of that strain can be easily avoided, however, if potential adopters prioritize finding an animal that is highly compatible with their daily routine. As a college student, I don’t have a lot of time or energy to dedicate to vigorous exercise and training for a dog. For this reason, I will wait before accepting the responsibility of a puppy, a dog with severe behavioral issues, or a high-energy breed. Part of why Jeb fits so well into my life is because Great Danes are laid back, friendly, and highly adaptable. 

I would recommend that anyone considering adoption make a list of reasons why they want a pet in the first place, and what kind of experience they are hoping to have with it. I would also recommend that they make a list of how much time, money, and energy they realistically have to spend on a pet. These lists will help make determinations about what species, breeds and traits might fit well into their specific lifestyle. It is really important to not take on the responsibility of an animal solely based on how cute it may be; kittens don’t stay kittens forever. 

Additionally, don’t get an animal to suit the life you wish you had. Let’s be honest, if you were really going to start running every day, you would have done it by now. But you don’t, and getting a husky will not change that. Instead, pick the animal that needs the lifestyle you can provide it right now because that is less stressful and more sustainable long term.

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