A pet is for life, not just for Christmas, as the old adage goes. Sadly, many people forget this and there has once again been a post-festive surge in the number of abandoned animals. Pet ownership takes time, money, and a high level of patience and not all new pet owners are ready for the significant effect caring for an animal can have on their lives.

If you want to help by adopting an abandoned animal this New Year, you might be pleasantly surprised by how easy the process of welcoming a furry new friend into your home can be.

However, before you head to a local animal shelter, it pays to think carefully about the type of pet that is right for you This might sound simple but it is important to carefully consider your time commitments and the space limitations of your home, otherwise you may soon find that you too struggle to take care of your new pet.

Before you take your new pet home for the first time, ensure they have plenty of room to play and explore and that there someone is on hand as much as possible in the first few weeks.  A previously abandoned puppy or kitten is likely to suffer from timidity and nervousness and will therefore need attention and regular encouragement. Neglected pets may also have certain health issues and therefore it is important to consult a vet about dietary restrictions and ensure you provide your pet with the most appropriate quality pet food. Offering a loving home and a good diet will ensure your new pet settles happily and comfortably into your home as soon as possible.

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