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Before getting a pet, answer the below questions, "Yes" or "NO"? 1) Are you allowed to keep a pet in the place you live in? If you are getting a dog, make sure it won’t bark frequently as this might disturb your neighbours. Remember to be considerate at all times by abiding by the law, cleaning up after your pets and control your pets properly in public places so that they won’t cause nuisances to others. (*The Subsidised Housing Committee of the Housing Authority endorsed at its meeting on 25 September 2003 to uphold the ban on dogs in public housing estates. Therefore, all public housing estates in Hong Kong do not allow the keeping of dogs. Many private housing estates also ban the keeping of dogs or other pets.) 2) Is your home spacious enough for keeping a pet? Make sure your home has enough space for the pet to move around freely and the environment is pet friendly. The space requirement for keeping different species of animals is different. Large dogs may require more space to run around while cats or other small mammals may not need as much. 3) Do all your family members agree to have a pet? If there are kids or elderly people in your home, you should consider the size and energy level of the pet. Chinchillas, hamsters and rabbits are very delicate, kids might not know how to handle these animals with care and might accidentally injure them. Large-sized dogs might accidentally knock down elderly people. 4) Are you prepared to take care of a pet for its entire life? Some pets such as rabbits need their cages cleaned more than once per day and long-haired pets require regular grooming such as brushing and trimming. Dogs require walking and company. Learn as much as you can about the pet’s needs before getting one. Some pets also require regular health checks and vaccinations, you should be prepared to bring them to a vet for regular checkups. When your pet is sick, you should also bring it to a vet for treatment and provide adequate care. 5) Do you have time to take care of a pet? Depending on the type of pet you get, the cost of keeping different pets can vary. It is advisable to consult a pet store or seek advice from existing pet owners about the estimated cost of keeping a certain type of pet. 6) Can you afford to keep a pet? Depending on the type of pet you get, the cost of keeping different pets can vary. It is advisable to consult a pet store or seek advice from existing pet owners about the estimated cost of keeping a certain type of pet. Please think carefully before getting a pet, make sure you are committed to your pet for the rest of its life. Never buy or adopt a pet on impulse, many pets are abandoned because the owners could not commit. Please visit AFCD website for more details.