Considering Adoption? A Guide to Adopting a Shelter Pet
Hello blog readers, it’s Tiberus! June is Adopt a Shelter Cat month; while this month is for cats and October is for dogs, we feel that every month should be dedicated to adopting shelter pets. So to get into the spirit, here is a guide for those who are considering adopting a shelter pet.
Do Your Homework
If you’ve decided you want to adopt a shelter pet, that’s fantastic. But before you walk into an animal shelter and pick out your forever friend, it’s essential to do some homework. First, think of what type of animal you want; shelters house various animals, not just cats and dogs, so it’s best to pinpoint which kind of animal you would like to adopt. Then make sure you and anyone living with you, don’t have allergies to that kind of animal. You’ll also need to ask yourself questions about who could watch your pet if you go away for a period of time (vacation, business trip, etc.), and ultimately if you have the time to devote attention to a pet.
Finding the One
One way to find your pet is to go to The Shelter Pet Project—their website allows you to find shelters in your area and look for cats and dogs that are up for adoption in your area. If you are looking for a pet other than a cat and dog, check out Pet Finder. You can also call local animal shelters to see if they have a specific breed you’re looking for; they can let you know if they currently have a pet that matches the description of what you want, and if they don’t, they can put you down on a list and when your match enters the shelter (since there are pets that enter shelters every day, unfortunately) they can call you when the one arrives.
The next step is to actually go out to the shelter and spend time with the pet(s) you are interested in; bonding with them will help make your decision easier when it comes down to selecting which pet you want to adopt. Don’t be afraid to visit the shelter several times a week to spend some time with the pet(s) you’re interested in—the more time you put into getting to know them, the better it will be.
Filling Out Paperwork
Paperwork can be a hassle, and when it comes to adopting a shelter pet there will be plenty of paperwork. Some information you will need to fill out may seem unnecessary, but shelters want to know if you can afford to adopt your new pet, plus if you will be able to take proper care of them. The idea for adoption is for the shelter pet to be in its forever home and not be returned to the shelter.
Bringing Your Pet Home
Once you finally bring your pet home, you’re ready to start a new chapter of your life! One of the first things you should do is to take your new furry friend to the vet and have its vaccinations updated, and if it isn’t spayed or neutered yet, make sure to have that procedure done.
Take things nice and steady with your new pet, since they will be adjusting to a new environment. The key to helping your pet get more acquainted is to be patient. Your new pet may be a little shy and timid, but give your pet some time. If anything that’s one thing that gets overlooked—time and patience.
If you’re interested in adopting, or know someone that wants to adopt a shelter pet, please contact us for information.
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