A Guide to Pet Adoption

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By: Christina Stephens

Adopting a pet is a monumental decision. Lots of people consider pets part of their family. With such high stakes, how do you know where to begin?

The easiest and most fulfilling place to find a pet is a shelter. Animal shelters range from your local humane society to no-kill facilities, even breed specific rescue groups. If you’re not ready to make a long-term commitment, many shelters and rescue groups are always in need of foster homes. Fostering a shelter animal is a great way to not only save an animal’s life, but also prepare for future pets. Here are a couple of great online resources to help you find a local pet shelter or rescue: Animal Shelter Org and PGAA.

Pet stores bring up the bottom of the food chain, so to speak, and should be avoided. Generally speaking, they’re overpriced and many of their animals come from illegal or morally objectionable sources. Why spend $1000 on a Yorkshire Terrier from a pet store when there are numerous Yorkie rescue groups throughout the country? The peace of mind along with money saved is well worth it for a new pet owner.

Once you bring your new family member home, be sure to allow him or her time to adjust to the new surroundings. Though many dogs and cats are timid at first, given time, affection, and stability they will truly become your best friends.

Pet Supply List:

  • Pet’s Current Food
  • Food and Water Bowls
  • Bedding
  • Collar and Leash
  • A Few Toys (too many may overstimulate)
  • Litter box and Litter for Cats
  • Flea and Tick Prevention
  • Any Current Medications
  • Grooming Tools (Brush, Nail Clippers)
  • A Local Veterinarian
  • Patience
  • Love
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