By Abigail Brown
Picking the best pet for you is an important process. So how do you know you’re getting a pet that pairs well with you and your family? Today I’ll list some tips and tricks, to help make this process easier.
Before you visit the shelter:
- Be sure that everyone in your household is keen on the idea of adding a new furry family member.
- Think about the needs of a new pet, and where you can carve out the time to care for them.
- Be aware of any allergies in the house, so you can look for a pet that is the best fit for everyone’s needs.
- Plan where you will put your supplies for them within the home.
- Consider going into this process open-minded. No harm in knowing what you want– just keep in mind that if you go into your search with a limited range of options in mind, you may overlook some very sweet furry friends.
- Take a peek online at what documentation your local shelter requires for pet adoptions.
At the shelter:
- Take a minute to look at the animals in their kennels before walking up to them, if they don’t yet notice you this could be a great time to get a glimpse of their temperament.
- If the animal walks over to where you are and seems excited, feel free to kneel down and get on their level.
- If you visit a few furry guys and one seems to stand out above all the rest, ask a member of the staff if you can meet with the dog/cat one-on-one in a private room.
- Remember to not overlook the shy buddies, sitting down outside the kennel calmly can help lessen any hesitance they’re experiencing. And help their personality show through more with every minute you spend together.
Integrating them into your home:
- Don’t worry if your new friend is nervous right off the bat, it may take them some time to warm up.
- Initially giving them a space separate from other pets in your home can be very helpful, they’ll adventure out when they’re ready. Start off with the door closed for a few hours/the majority of the day, and gradually open it for longer amounts of time– when they’re ready to explore, they will.
- Feed new pets in an area separate from the normal eating space of your current pets, so no competition arises.
- Show equal love, and make playtime fun for everyone!
For additional tips on introducing new pets into your home, check out the links below:
- Introducing Dogs To Cats
- Introducing a New Cat
- Introducing Your Older Dog to a Puppy
- Introducing a New Cat to Current Pets
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