January 29-31, 2021
Adopting a pet is a fun and exciting time for everyone involved.
Make sure you’re ready for it by taking these necessary preparations:
Adopting a pet is a long term financial and emotional commitment.
It will cost you more than just the initial adoption fee; Adoption means providing a home, food,
veterinary care, emotional care, and much more. If you have a family, make sure that everyone in
the family wants a pet, and is prepared to help take care of it. If you live alone and are thinking
about adopting a pet, make sure that you have a schedule that allows you to give your pet
the attention that it needs.
It’s easy to visit a shelter and adopt the pet you find the cutest, but this can
lead to a later realization that the pet you chose isn’t the right fit for you,
your family, or your lifestyle. For example, if you don’t get outside much or don’t
want to find yourself taking multiple walks a day, you’ll want to avoid energetic pets
that require a lot of activity, such as Russell Terriers, LabradorRetrievers,
and English Springer Spaniels. In addition to an animal’s energy levels,
some other things you should research are things like:
– Grooming needs for specific pets
-Common health concerns for different breeds
-Nutrition and dietary needs
-Your community’s policy on pets
Just like you would modify your home if you were bringing home a
newborn baby or a toddler, you should do the same thing when bringing home a new pet.
Make sure that your home is ready for the arrival of a new cat or dog by moving valuables
out of reach from your pet, cleaning up the house, and purchasing as many essential pet supplies
as you can. This will help to ensure a smooth transition and allow your pet to
adapt easily to their new home.
Every shelter is different. Save time by looking at the shelter’s website
to see what animals they currently have up for adoption, as well as any pet programs
or resources that they provide. By doing this, you can avoid feeling overwhelmed
when stepping into the shelter for the first time. Sometimes, adoption applications
are available online. Since most shelters vet people that want to adopt before allowing
them to take a pet home, it’s helpful to fill out an adoption application for the shelter
you choose to ensure you are approved before you find the perfect pet for you.
If you’re looking to adopt a pet, attending one of
the largest consumer pet shows on the East Coast can be incredibly beneficial.
The World of Pets Expo is a place to find entertainment, educational opportunities, workshops,
and most importantly, pets in need of a forever home.
With expos happening in Timonium, MD (Jan. 24-26), and Hampton, VA (Feb. 21-23),
you’re sure to find a pet that you’ll love.
Tickets are available online and at the door on the day of each event.
Feel free to contact us here or on Facebook with any questions you may have!