Whether it’s your first time adopting, or you’re an experienced pet owner, there is no feeling like taking home your new best friend. Here are some resources to help make the transition a little easier.
Below are some questions you may receive as part of the adoption process.
Inexperienced pet owners are often not sure what questions to ask in advance of adoption or what to expect as part of the adoption process. You may also be asked if you have had to return an adopted pet in the past.
Some pets need more space to move around than others. You may also be asked if you have a fenced-in garden or easy access to a dog park.
Landlords and housemates may have strong opinions about pets living on their property. It’s possible that they will be contacted by your adoption centre to verify that it is acceptable to have a pet, so please make sure to have their contact information ready and available.
Younger children may not yet know how to be gentle with a new pet, especially during the excitement of the first few days. Conversely, some senior citizens may not be able to handle the energy of a younger dog or cat. It is helpful to bring these people to meet your prospective new pet before you adopt to get a good sense of how they interact with the new potential addition to the household.
It’s important to know the temperament of your current pets to determine whether your new addition will be a good match. Other pets may become aggressive or threatened with a new pet around the house.
Pets bring on a variety of regular expenses, including food, supplies, and toys. There also can be unforeseen costs that arise related to their health. In case your new pet has special needs, are you financially prepared to pay for the care required?
If you are out of the home a lot, you will need to establish a plan to prevent your pet from becoming lonely. A shelter worker may ask about your work schedule so they can better understand how much time the pet would spend at home alone.
Bad habits take time to break. If chewing, barking, scratching furniture, indoor accidents, etc. are unacceptable in your home, the best time to consider it and mention it to your adoption centre is before adoption.
Taking in a pet that needs extra care can be incredibly rewarding. Just be prepared that these animals often require special attention and time. It is a good idea to discuss with your adoption centre what care you should expect to provide for the condition of your animal.
How to prepare
Bring the right mindset
Don’t set your sights on a specific dog or cat you find online, but be ready for commitment. You’ll have to be patient with your pet as they learn their new role in the family.
Bring the right materials
All adoptions require a photo ID, an application and a fee to be collected before an animal can go home. This fee can differ depending on location, so please call the shelter in advance to confirm the price.
Leave with the right documentation
Don’t forget to ask for a spay or neuter certificate, as well as a detailed list of vaccinations and any other medical history, if available.
Give your new pet a familiar taste
Quality nutrition is key to a happy, healthy life. Try to continue feeding the food your pet ate at the shelter, or change pet foods gradually to avoid an upset stomach.