Thinking about adopting a new furry friend? You’re in for a fun time! There are many pet rescues and shelters filled with lovable pets waiting to find their fur-ever-home. But as you would expect, preparation is key for a smooth transition for you and your pet-to-be. But don’t worry, it’s all pretty easy once you know what to expect, and that’s why we’re here to help! Here are some helpful tips on what to do before, during, and after adoption day.
Before You Adopt
Do Some Research
When you start thinking about adopting, you’ll want to begin by assessing your personality, routines, home space, free time, and energy levels. From there, visit PetFinder.com to explore different cat and dog breeds based on characteristics that would match best with your lifestyle.
Next, make sure that taking care a new pet fits in with your budget. After all, owning a pet is more than just a one-time adoption fee. Be prepared for budget costs such as food, toys, vaccinations, wellness check-ups, license fees, health coverage, and pet supplies. Don’t feel overwhelmed, though! We found a great list of potential costs here that can help you plan your budget.
Prepare Your Home Before Your New Pet Arrives
Once you’ve figured out your ideal breeds and your pet budget, make sure your home is safe for your new family member! In addition to taking the time to tidy up your home, here are a few additional things to consider keeping out of paws reach:
- Remove any breakable or valuable items that are easy to knock over
- If you have any rugs, roll them up until your new pet is fully house-trained
- Make sure all cords and cables are out of reach
- Consider moving plants that are in soil pots to prevent messes
- Make sure trashcan lids are on securely, and stash your cleaning products
After tidying up, it’ll be time to grab some of the essentials. Pick up a leash and collar (or a harness if you prefer) along with a few toys, a cozy bed, food and water bowls, cleaning supplies, or a spacious crate if you plan to crate train your future pet.
While You’re at the Shelter
Look for Chemistry
Whether adopting a pet is a family decision or just for you, everyone that will be living with your new fur-friend should visit the shelter as a group to make sure your potential pet clicks with you and your crew. So, pay close attention to the pet’s temperament, body language, and energy levels when they are brought out of their kennel to meet you. But, keep in mind that pets might behave differently in the animal shelter compared to a more relaxing home environment, so don’t worry if the pet appears shy or skittish at first.
Check Off Any Questions You May Have
We also encourage you to ask questions about the dog or cat you’re interested in. Find out if there are any health concerns, known diseases, behavior issues, or any unique traits that the shelter has observed. Lastly, confirm that the pet has been spayed or neutered, de-wormed, microchipped, and vaccinated. If any of these measures haven’t been taken yet, don’t hesitate to ask the shelter if they will perform these procedures before you take your new pet home.
Starting Off on the Right Paw
There’s an adjustment period that your pet needs to get acclimated with your place, so don’t be surprised if there’s some upset tummies and accidents along the way. The length of this adjustment period varies depending on the pet, so just be patient, show them love, and give them space if they need it. However, this is also a good time to establish some ground rules with your fur friend, as it will show them how to be on their best behavior to avoid problems in the future. All in all, it won’t be long before they’ll feel right at home with you.
There are a lot of animals out there that just want to be loved, so we commend you for opening your home to give them a great life. Sure, there might be some bumps along the way, but there will also be tons of happy moments, snuggles, and kisses to come. Enjoy it! If you have any additional questions about the adoption process, or how you can introduce healthy supplements to their diet, reach out to us at (800)-940-1972 or email@example.com and we’ll gladly help.