Choosing a new pet
Bringing home a new pet can be exciting and challenging as well. Pets are our lovely companions and precious family members. They bring warmth and joy to our homes and our lives, but are an emotional, financial, and time commitment as well. Therefore, the decision to own a pet requires careful thinking and planning. Your pet will also enjoy the benefits of having a considerate, dedicated owner. If you’re ready to welcome a new furry friend to your life but not quite sure where to begin, here are some great resources to get you started:
Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) – Choosing a Pet
This webpage contains general information on selecting a new pet. Two manuals designed for new pet owners, Dog Owner’s Handbook and Cat Owner’s Handbook, can be downloaded from the same page.
A Common Sense Guide to Selecting a Dog or a Cat
A concise introduction to responsible pet ownership, written by Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS). Factors to consider in pet selection, such as time commitments, type of home, lifestyle, finances etc., are discussed in the guide as well.
Pet Finder – Official Site
A popular search engine that includes local listings of pets available for adoptions from major reputable shelters, veterinary clinics and rescue groups. City of Mississauga Animal Services and Mississauga Humane Society also advertise their adoption listings on there.
The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) – Choosing a Breed
General information on specific dog breeds, their special needs and care tips.
The Canadian Cat Association (CCA) – Breed Description
General information on specific cat breeds, their special needs and care tips.
If you have any questions or concerns with selecting a new pet, feel free to talk to our staff for more information. Good luck with your search and we look forward to meeting your new best friend!