How do I choose a companion
adding an animal to the family? The Wisconsin Humane
Society offers the following information to make
your choice easier.
Examine your lifestyle
A busy family
that is always on the go may be wise to avoid an
energetic puppy or kitten that will require a lot
of time for training and socialization. Try to match
your lifestyle with the temperament of the animal.
Remember, sometimes opposites attract. Busy people
may do well with a match that is more sedate and
used to the antics of a hectic household.
Get the whole family involved
Choosing a new
companion can be very exciting. Start your selection
process at home by polling family members. What
do they want? Is it a bird, rabbit, dog or cat that
they believe would make them happy? Narrow your
selection by choosing physical characteristics that
appeal to you. Consider size, coat length, sex,
adult animal or puppy/kitten.
Learn all you can
Visit the library,
read books on the type of animal you are interested
in and attend seminars to learn how to prevent potential
behavior problems. WHS offers animal behavior seminars
on dogs, cats,
rabbits and birds.
Call Nora Hart
at (414) 431-6156 for more information.
Be prepared for the
new animal's arrival
Many items can
be purchased at the Wisconsin Humane Society's Animal
Antics store at the time adoption takes place so
that you can get the items your animal will need.
Such things might include safe toys, food and water
dishes, leashes, crates and litter boxes.
with your potential new companion, ask about his
or her behavior. An animal's temperament
is the most important factor in a successful adoption.
WHS evaluates animals prior to adoption.
Adoption Counselors are happy to answer your questions.
Adopt from an animal shelter
have a large selection of mixed breed and purebred
animals of all ages. Plan to make several visits
to find the type of animal you want.
WHS offers a wealth of resources. Services include
information on how to choose a pet, adoption counseling,
free behavior seminars,
low cost training classes and adoption follow-up
If you would like more information or a free pamphlet
on choosing an animal please call (414) 431-6159