As you hop around blog land, you’ll find lots of pet bloggers supporting Petfinder’s Adopt the Internet Day on March 15, 2011. Petfinder has been a great resource for getting the word out about adoptable pets. And they’ve helped innumerable rescues and shelters who could not afford to make a big investment in their own technology.
But Petfinder plays another role. It’s gives you a good way to contemplate getting your first pet, before you make any drastic decisions.
Petfinder provides an easy way for people to do that with dogs and cats. You can read about the responsibilities of caring for an animal and learn about the differences between older and younger pets. It’s a way to take a sample, swish it around in your mouth and decide if you’re going to spit it out or swallow.
I adopted my first dogs without the benefit of the internet.
The only way I could “browse” and consider the idea slowly was by going to the Philadelphia SPCA and looking at dogs. Confronting the smells, cacophony of barking, and intimidating cages ensured I was either going to adopt a dog as soon as possible just to save one from his fate or run screaming out the door.
I ended up adopting a puppy (actually two) because I was intimidated by the difficult challenge of finding an adult dog that would be a good fit for our family. I thought getting a puppy could be easier. Boy, did I have a lot to learn!
If I could have considered adult dogs, one at a time, on a website. I might have made a different decision.
So how did you decide to get your first dog? Did your family always have pets when you were a child? Did you spend a lot of time thinking about it or were you more impetuous? Did you use Petfinder or another website to help you decide?
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