National Pet Day is a time to honor and cherish your pets, but ask any pet owner what their pet means to them and you’re likely going to get a number different answers.
Joanne Johnson is an Animal Care Support staff member at the Herkimer County Humane Society. This is what her pets mean to her.
"They give me a reason to get up in the morning. They’re there for me when I get home. No matter what my mood they’re happy to see me. They’re supportive. I mean that’s what a pet is."
Erica Dunton is a Staff Member at HCHS. She sees things a little differently.
"I feel like owning a pet is kind of like they’re a part of your family. Like you don’t own it, you come together and you know, kind of like soul-mates sometimes. They’re just meant to be with you."
HCHS Staff member Missy Bennett tells us before you set your mind on a particular animal, make sure the animal has its mind set on you.
"I always tell somebody that comes in to adopt, the animal kind of picks you, you don’t pick the dog."
That connection with an animal should last a lifetime, and that’s the commitment expected, but Joanne Johnson says many times animals end up at a humane society because the decision to adopt wasn’t properly thought through.
"Its people taking on animals they can’t handle, or they find out they were really nice and cute when they were puppies or kittens, but then they grow up, or they come into different living arrangements where they can no longer keep their pet."
Any animal is going to require commitment, but Mohawk Resident Caitlin Ackler one of the big factors you should consider is your job.
"My job mostly. You know I don’t want to have to make a big commitment and then not stick to it. You know I don’t want to leave my dog hanging or my cat or whatever."
If you do decide an animal is right for you consider adopting from an animal shelter. Joanne Johnson explains why you’ll not only be saving an animal, you’ll be saving money as well.
"When you adopt from our shelter or any shelter the animal is already spay or neutered. That’s already saving you hundreds of dollars. Hundreds of dollars. Because they’re coming to you spay or neutered, rabies vaccine, their distemper vaccines, initial flee treatments, de-wormers, and a general health care."
The most important thing to remember is to be committed to the responsibility of owning a pet before you make that decision.