Choosing A Pet

Pets, pets, and more pets.


There are lots of pets available for adoption at the Greenville Humane Society. When considering which one is right for you, a little research can go a long way. Use the Internet, talk to your vet and ask the staff at the Greenville Humane Society for recommendations.

Make sure you consider your lifestyle.

Finding the right dog or cat for your lifestyle is key to both you and your new pet’s happiness. We have created a unique, yet simple, questionnaire that you can complete before you visit GHS or while in our Adoption Center. The beauty of this matching process is that our staff takes the time to assess all of the adult dogs and cats in our Adoption Center. This way you can match the qualities that are important to you with a dog or cat that is ready to go home.

Fill out our Dog Lifestyle Questionnaire or Cat Lifestyle Questionnaire »

Pets take time.

Furry puppies and cute kittens may be adorable, but taking care of them is a big commitment. Before you rush home with a bundle of fur, remember that puppies and kittens need to be trained and usually can’t be left alone. Older animals can be easier to handle, but it still takes time for them to adjust to their new homes.

When choosing a pet, ask the staff at the Greenville Humane Society how much time and energy each pet you are considering will require. And then ask yourself how much time you have to devote to a new pal.

Pets need room.

While smaller animals, like cats and hamsters, can thrive in just about any size home, big dogs need room to roam. A 95-lb. chocolate lab might not be a good fit for a one-bedroom apartment. And if you are in an apartment, make sure to check with your landlord or consult your lease about pet restrictions before you adopt.

If you do have the space for a bigger dog, make sure you keep him or her on a leash or in a fenced area when outdoors.

Pets aren’t cheap.

Food, water, grooming and veterinary costs – having a pet can get expensive. And some are more expensive than others. Big dogs eat more than little dogs. Long-haired dogs usually need grooming more often than short-haired dogs. And having a cat usually means buying cat litter. But can you really put a price tag on the unconditional love pets give?

Pets need supplies.

Pets need accessories. Kennels, carriers, pet beds, and a variety of toys – all of these provide immensely important behavioral and emotional benefits for your pet.

Pets usually play well with others.

But sometimes they don’t. If you have children or other pets at home, check with the Greenville Humane Society staff before adopting to see if they know how the pet you’re considering gets along with others. We encourage you to bring your dog(s), and their current vaccine record, in with you. When introducing a new pet to your family and your other pets, be patient and integrate them slowly. And remember, don’t ever leave a small child alone with a new animal.

Pet allergies?

Some people are allergic to cats and/or dogs. If you are or think you are, consider a hypoallergenic pet, like a Bichon Frise, a Schnauzer, or a Poodle.