Our Blog
Latest News

6 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet Dog

Adopting a pet dog is a rewarding experience that can bring you joy for years. While you ultimately decide if adopting your new friend is right for you, there are certain factors to consider before finalizing the adoption. Whether you are adopting a small puppy or pairing up with an older dog who needs a helping hand, here are some essential things to consider when bringing home your canine companion.

  • Lifestyle

When considering whether or not to adopt a dog, there are a few things you should take into account. First, consider your lifestyle and whether or not you have enough time to commit to a pet. Dogs need exercise and plenty of attention, so if you work long hours or travel frequently, a dog may not be the best choice for you.

  • Your Living Situation

If you live in an apartment complex or a neighborhood with a strict leash law, you'll need to choose a dog who is compatible with that type of environment. Consider the space you have in your home. Is there enough room for both you and your pet? If you live in an apartment or condo, the landlord might have rules about having pets. If this is the case, be sure your landlord is aware of them before adopting a pet.

  • Budget

The cost of owning a pet dog can add up quickly, from food and toys to veterinary care and boarding costs if you need to go on vacation. You should also factor in occasional costs like kennel fees if your dog needs to be boarded while you're away or unexpected expenses like surgery or emergency vet care.

  • Accessibility to a Vet

Make sure you have a plan for where to take your new fur baby for medical care. When looking for a vet clinic, it's essential to consider more than just the price. You'll also want to think about the clinic's hours, location, and what services they offer. Finding a clinic with experience dealing with the breed of dog you're considering adopting is also essential. If you're unsure where to start, ask your friends or neighbors for recommendations, or check out online reviews.

  • Dog Breed

Not all breeds are suitable for families with young children, and it's essential to do your research before bringing a new pet into your home. There are plenty of great dog breeds that are perfect for families with kids, especially small breeds. Make sure to ask about a dog's personality before you adopt it, and always be prepared to give the pet plenty of love and attention.

  • Other Members Of The Family

You also need to consider whether everyone in your family is on board with getting a new dog. It can be hard to convince someone who is not enthusiastic about the idea of a pet. If you already have other pets in the home or are thinking about bringing one home, it's essential to take into consideration how your dog will coexist with your existing animals.


In conclusion, dogs make excellent pets, and if you take your time to make an informed decision before adopting one, you'll likely be rewarded with years of companionship and love. 


Bring Your Pet To Wescott Acres For A Fun Filled Day

Wescott Acres guarantees that every dog and cat in our pet boarding facilities will have plenty of fun with their fellow animals. Our facilities are constantly supervised, so you can be confident that your furry friends are in good hands. Contact us today to learn more about our guarantees and how we can fit into your lifestyle!


Helping Your Pup Deal With Separation Anxiety When...
Choosing a Luxury Pet Resort In Columbia

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to

Have Any


Healthy pets are happy pets,
trust their paws to our caring hands!

General Hours

Mon - Fri: 7:00am - 7:00pm
Sat: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sun: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Check out our holiday hours here.

Follow Us

Publish modules to the "offcanvas" position.