Adopting an animal is a long-term commitment. Be sure that you are able to make that commitment before bringing an animal into your home. Cats and dogs can have a natural life span of up to fifteen to twenty years.
You can do your part to prevent more cats and dogs from being abandoned to the streets or entering shelters by spaying or neutering them. In Rhode Island, it is the law that all owned cats must be spayed or neutered by six months of age. Cats can be spayed or neutered earlier, as they can start reproducing at five months of age.