3. Test Drive a Pet
Since pet ownership can be daunting at first, the ASPCA offers a fostering program for prospective pet owners. Those who have never owned a pet before can take home an animal and experience the day-to-day situations and problems that arise, like late-night bathroom walks and housebreaking trials. Afterward, the individual can decide if adoption is right for her or not.
"Adopters tend to feel more secure with the fostering program," says Buchwald. "And very often it leads to adoption."