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Adopting a pet is a huge decision and should not be entered lightly. Doing just a little research now can prevent a huge heartbreak later.

People tend to choose pets based on visual features, but it is hard to determine all of a pets characteristics just by looking at them. Consider your lifestyle and how you want your potential pet to fit in it; Are you an active person who regularly exercises? Or are you looking for a companion animal who just wants to snuggle all day? There is the perfect pet for every owner, but it's very important to find one whose energy and maintenence level match yours.  

Another thing to consider is grooming regiments. Some animals (such as Poodles, Huskies, Malamutes, etc) require regular grooming to maintain their luxurious coats, whereas others (Beagles, Labrador Retrievers, etc), need nothing more than a bath now and then. 

The Oakland County Animal Control & Pet Adoption Center suggests visiting your local shelter several times before making a decision. Take the animal for a walk and spend some time with them. Find out which animal's personality fits with your lifestyle. 

Animals adopted the the Oakland Pet Adoption Center are vaccinated, spayed/neutered, treated for parasites and tested for heartworm (dog) or feline leukemia (cat).  Any dogs four months of age and older adopted from Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center will be issued a dog license, as per Michigan State Law.

We do understand that sometimes adoptions just do not work out and you must bring the animal back.  A dog or cat may be returned within 30 days of adoption for a full refund. Please be aware that refunds are not immediate; Oakland County will mail you a refund check. This process can take up to 4 weeks. 

As long as the pet that you are returning is healthy and its temperament is fine, it will go back up for adoption. Please provide us information about the reason you are returning the animal! We will include this information in its profile and that will help us find a suitable home for the animal in the future.
 
Another way you can learn more about which pet is the right fit for you is to become a volunteer. The Center is always in need of volunteers to help us with our animals.