Adopting a pet from any rescue is an exciting process. We have specifically tailored this process to make it easier on you, your family and your pet. However, there are some tips you can follow to make the process go even smoother.
Here is some advice that may come in handy as you begin the adoption process:
- Do your research. Do you have an ideal animal? Is this animal likely to get along with any other pets you have, or your children? Are you prepared to adopt a puppy, or would you benefit more from adopting an older animal? These are all questions that you should be able to answer.
- Make a time commitment. You should expect to spend a good amount of time with the animals in the shelter. Try to set aside 30 minutes to an hour. This time is important for you to get to know the animals, and for the animals to get to know you.
- Be aware of rental issues. If you rent your home, make sure that you know whether or not animals are allowed at your residence.
- Be responsible for the needs of your pet. Every animal needs to be given food and water, as well as vaccinations and potential emergency medical treatments. You should not adopt an animal unless you are prepared to take care of it for the rest of its life.
- Obtain all necessary supplies ahead of time. You shouldn't wait until you bring the pet home to get everything that you need for it. Get food and water bowls, toys and other necessary supplies and have them ready for your pet when you bring it home.
- Bring your dog with you. If you have another dog, we recommend bringing it along with you to the shelter to have a "meet and greet" time with the other animals in the shelter. This will help you to determine whether the new pet will be compatible with your current one.
- Have vet records on hand. We are very careful about who we let adopt pets. We like to look at veterinary records for any other pets you have to ensure that our animals are heading to a home with loving, responsible owners.
- Bring your family. On the day you go to the rescue, bring your family with you! You should see how the animal interacts with everyone in your family before you make an adoption decision.
In addition to these tips, we recommend verifying that the rescue is licensed in your State. Filling out an adoption application ahead of time to expedite the process upon your arrival. If you have any further questions about how you can prepare for the adoption process, please contact the adopting rescue.