Adopting a pet is one of the most exciting decisions one can make. After all, there are about 3.1 million dogs and 3.1 million cats that enter shelters each year. While the decision is usually made after careful consideration, when one believes they are prepared for a pet, it can make the adoption process seem easier. So, here are a few things to consider when adopting a dog or cat. Finding a pet that fits your lifestyle If you and your family spend a lot of time outdoors, you should opt for a pet that you can take along for hikes or one that can sleep in a tent. A tinier breed like a Teacup Yorkie will be easier to live with if you have a smaller living space. Another breed suitable for active households is the German Shepherd. With the right training and socialization, these dogs are also gentle family companions. Moreover, the breed is tough and are effective guard dogs for larger households. Adopting cats is ideal for those who want a quiet furry companion. Further, some breeds of dogs have separation anxiety, so you should not opt for the specific breed if you are away too often. Setting a budget You could adopt a dog like a Teacup Yorkie, Doberman, Golden Retriever, Bulldog, or cat such as a Siamese cat, Persian cat, or a Birman. Whether you opt for dog or cat adoption, you should consider setting a budget for taking care of your pet as it can be expensive. Food, vet visits, collars, harnesses or leashes, treats, grooming, and toys are some of the expenses you will need to cover as a pet parent. Getting pet insurance An average person spends between $300 to $400 a year on pet care. Additionally, vet visits can cost between $200 for a checkup to $5,000 for treatments and surgeries. Pet insurance plans start from as little as $10 per month to $80 based on the policy you choose. Pet insurance can help you save a significant amount of money on treatment expenses during emergencies. Personal space for the pet If you have decided to adopt a pet, you should set up personal space for them at home. This is because your home will be foreign to the pet, and they will need a space of their own before they are comfortable around the house. If you adopt a dog, set up a crate with a bed, toys, and a blanket, which can become their personal space. Cats prefer small, enclosed areas with a litter box and fresh litter, and a bed. You should also set up food and water bowls around their personal space. Pet-proofing the home Another vital step in cat or dog adoption is to pet-proof the entire home. Puppies love to chew on furniture, paint off the walls, rugs, and more when they begin exploring the space. Cats climb the most unbelievable places and can knock over things in your home. So ensure that your valuables and other small items are put away before you bring them home. Further, personal items like shoes, socks, eyeglasses, and slippers are also some items that must be kept out of the pet’s reach.