Have you made the big decision to finally adopt your new best furiend? If this is your first time adopting one, you might want to read over this checklist to make sure the process goes smoothly.
- Seriously take the time to consider this decision.
We want everyone to experience the joys of having a new pet in their family, but it is a commitment that you should seriously evaluate beforehand. Do you have enough free time to spend with your new pet? Do you have enough money in your budget to adopt, feed, and pay for any vet visits? (That’s not even all the possible expenses) Do you live somewhere where they’ll be entertained and safe when you’re not around? Having a pet is not a short term commitment either– make sure this is a responsibility you can live with for years to come. We don’t want to scare you out of adopting a new furry friend, but we want to make sure you consider all the things that will lead to both you and your new pet as happy as possible!
- Find the best possible match.
Sometimes you look at an adorably cute animal and want to adopt them the second you look at their eyes. But you have to remember, not every cute animal you see will be the best fit for you. Consider the differences between having an indoor vs. an outdoor dog or getting a puppy vs. an older dog. Do you want a pet that can be independent and relaxed or always cuddling you and following you around? Make sure you research the breeds of pets before you decide to adopt them! Different breeds can have different personalities and health costs compared to others. Find the best new friend that fits your personality and your home.
- Have everything ready.
You don’t want to spend your first day with your new family member at the store buying everything you forgot. Make sure that before your bring them home the first time that you have all the appropriate items you need! This could include a food and water bowl, litter box, a bed or cage, toys, a collar, and a leash.
- Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork.
Depending on where you go, there will be varying amounts of paperwork and requirements you must meet to finalize adopting your new pet. For example, Austin Pets Alive! requires you to spend at least 30 minutes with the dog you want to adopt and Austin Animal Center requires you to fill out a profile and meet an adoption counselor. If you’re already prepared and excited to own a new pet, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about with these requirements. In general, most adoption centers will require you to spay or neuter your pet and to give them specific medicine/vaccines. Make sure you check the adoption center’s website beforehand to know what to bring and what ownership paperwork you will have to fill out!
- Bring them home!
If you’ve prepared in advance for an adoption, everything should run smoothly and now all you have to do is bring home your new best furiend! Show them love and affection and they’ll do the same for you!