Preparing to Adopt

Pet Adoption Procedure

On all adoptions you will be required to complete an adoption questionnaire and sign an adoption agreement. When adopting a dog you will be required to spend at least an hour with the dog. You will be required to have all family members do the same. This is done to make sure that the dog is a great addition to your family and that everyone is comfortable with the dog. It is our duty to make sure that the pet you are adopting is the best choice for you and the dog. For example, someone with very little time to walk the dog should not be adopting a Husky.

 

Pet Care Tips

Dogs
  • Choose the breed of dog that is best suited to your lifestyle. If you are not around a lot then a high maintenance dog is not the answer for you. If you live in an apartment a large dog is not going to thrive unless it is walked on a regular basis.
  • If you do not plan to breed your dog, then have it spayed or neutered as soon as your veterinarian tells you that the puppy is old enough to do so.
  • A dog's diet is very important make sure that you are feeding it a food that is appropriate for its size, age and energy level. Your veterinarian should be able to help you choose a good diet.
  • Regular visits to the veterinarian are key, as dogs require immunizations on a regular basis to protect them from rabies, heartworm disease and various other diseases.
  • You will also have to register your dog with your local municipality, showing proof of rabies vaccinations and pay a fee to get tags for your dog. Rules regarding licensing vary from municipality to municipality, so check out the regulations in your area.
  • Obedience training is important to the development of your dog. It is important to train your dog, as well as to socialize it with other animals.
Cats
  • Ignoring signs of sickness or trying to solve them yourself may only cause more grief. If your feline is not exhibiting his normal energy levels or appetite then take them to a veterinarian.
  • Keep your veterinarian's phone number close at hand in the case of an emergency.
  • Cats need to be immunized to prevent them from succumbing to feline leukemia, rabies and other illnesses.
  • Spaying and neutering of your feline friend will prevent an over population of cats as well as increase your cat's health and well-being.
  • Cats should also have a regular dental cleaning to keep their teeth in tiptop shape.
  • Cats bathe themselves. There is no need to give your cat a bath unless they become incredibly filthy or greasy. However cats do appreciate a daily brushing.
  • A bored cat is a mischievous cat. Cats need to be kept amused. The best way to do this is to give it lots of toys to play with, and play with the cat yourself.

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