Pet Adoption Process: Your New Addition
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You’ve decided to adopt a pet. You’ve thought about the time, money and commitment you’ll need to have and now you’re off to your local shelter. But before you go, there are a few things you need to consider.
Neal Citro: Do you want a puppy that’s very energetic and is gonna need some housebreaking? Or do you want an older dog that maybe isn’t so energetic, still gonna need some training to adjust to a new house? Do a little research on what it is that you’re looking for in a pet.
So you’ve decided on the type of pet you want, but do you know what you will need once you get to the shelter?
NC: You should bring your whole family when you come to adopt. You should bring some current id, a current copy of your lease if you’re renting. There is an application process. What we’re looking for is pet history, how experienced a pet owner are you, If you need references.
You’ve got the proper paperwork. Now it’s time to find your pet. With so many to choose from, how can you decide?
NC: We’ll take out as many animals as you wanna see. If you wanna take them all out, we’ll take them out one by one and answer any questions you might have about each one and help you find the right animal for you.
There he is, your new pet! Isn’t he cute? But wait, now what?
NC: You should have a carrier if it’s a puppy this size or if it’s a dog you’ll get a leash at the time of adoption. If you could bring another adult with you, that would be wonderful because it’s really hard to drive and concentrate on a pet, and your new pet especially, in your car. When you go home, you should be ready with a training crate if it’s a puppy, food, toys, bowls to feed them out of, and patience.
Now that you know what to expect when you adopt, remember to follow the law and register your pet.
NC: You should talk to your local town hall or your local animal control. They would be able to help you get a license application to license your pet.
Have fun with your new addition but remember:
NC: People need to have patience and commitment when they take a new pet into their house and that things are tough in the beginning because they’re adjusting and you’re adjusting but we are here to help you.
As you head out to your local shelter to find a pet to proudly take back home, there are some things you'll need to consider. For instance, you may not know that you'll need a whole host of paperwork with you to start the pet adoption process. Or you may not have known that it's wise to bring a carrier and a few people with you to help take your pup home.
Don't be caught off guard when you make your way to the shelter. Watch our video and learn everything you'll need to know about the pet adoption process before you get there!
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