April 30th is Adopt A Shelter Pet Day! This is one topic we are always happy to shine a light on. If you’re looking for a new furry friend, going through a shelter is a great way to find your new buddy. Here, a Fort Bragg, NC vet offers some tips on adopting a shelter pet.
Be Prepared To Commit
Pets typically end up in shelters through no fault of their own. Some are beloved family pets that got lost, while others were coldly abandoned. Animals may also be surrendered because their owners can no longer care for them, due to illness, injury, financial hardship, or even death. Sadly, there are also many shelter pets that were rescued from bad conditions. Every single one of them deserves kindness, compassion, and a loving home. Just make sure that you’re ready, willing, and able to care for your new pal for the rest of their lives. Adoption is forever!
Our animal companions are definitely not one-size-fits-all. A Labrador that loves to run may not be the best match for a senior, while a Pomeranian probably won’t be the best choice for someone who wants a hiking buddy. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! You may be able to find out quite a bit about Fido or Fluffy.
Meet N’ Greet
There’s a special magic in the bond people form with their pets, and that isn’t always easy to quantify. Fido and Fluffy could check off every box on your list, but still not be the right fit. Spend some time with your potential pal, and get to know them a bit. There’s also something to be said for following your heart. If that sad-looking senior pooch in the end cage melts your heart, go with it. Sometimes you just know when you’ve found your pet!
Let Love Win
Don’t be surprised if your new pal needs some time to settle in. Many shelter pets are very scared and uneasy when they first get to their new homes. Changing owners is a big deal for Fido and Fluffy! Give them a quiet, comfy spot, and just let them relax. Time, patience, love, a steady routine, and great TLC will get you those purrs or tail wags!
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Fort Bragg, NC animal clinic, today!