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This is a question that few people take the time to seriously consider. Adopting a pet because it's "the thing to do" or because the kids have been begging you for a pet usually ends up being a big mistake. Make certain that you and your family are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to an animal...and remember that commitment may last longer than 15 years. Okay.
What kind of lifestyle do you lead? Do you travel frequently or work late hours? Dogs, cats and other pets cannot be ignored just because you're tired or busy. Many animals are in the shelter because their owners didn't realize how much time it took to properly care for them.
Before adopting, seriously consider whether you have the time to provide for the health of your new pet or the patience to raise a new puppy or kitten.
The costs of pet ownership can exceed $500 per year. Expenses can up quickly for items like:
Do you have the time and patience to cope with potential problems? A few of the problems you might encounter with a pet include:
Check your lease for restrictions and be certain you have landlord approval before you bring a pet home.
Think about the type and size of pet you are considering. Can you comfortably accommodate the pet in your living space? Can you provide the pet adequate shelter from the heat and the cold?
If you have young children (under six years old), you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt a pet. Children should be mature enough to be responsible for and respectful of your new pet.
If you're a student, in the military, or a frequent traveler, consider waiting until you settle down before bringing a pet into your life.
"Surprising" someone with the gift of a pet may sound like a good idea, but it doesn't always work out. Pet ownership requires commitment and cooperation from the whole family.
Geocaching is a recreational activity where you find hidden objects using a Global Positioning System (GPS) device and GPS coordinates. It's a real life treasure hunt!
Use your smartphone or Global Positioning System (GPS) device to find the hidden treasures using the GPS coordinates. All of our caches are posted on the Geocaching website and can be searched for using the geocache codes provided. Getting a geocaching membership is free and easy. Once you are in the right area, start to look around for the cache. Some caches are easy to find but others can be more tricky.
In order to play, you will need only one thing: a smartphone with Global Positioning System (GPS) or a GPS device. If you are using your smartphone, we suggest downloading the free geocaching application. Once in the app, it's easy to search for our caches using the geocaching (GC) codes provided. If you are using a GPS device, you can find the coordinates on our page. You can also search for our caches online by using the GC codes and putting them in your device or downloading them from the website and uploading them to your device.
Once you find the cache, do a little happy dance to celebrate, sign the log book and make sure to put the cache back the way you found it. If you are participating in our Recreation Passport Program, make sure to write down the cache code in your journal.
As with any awesome activity, there are a few things to keep in mind when playing the game. Here are a few: