National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is observed each year on April 30. This day was created as a way to raise awareness for thousands of pets that are waiting for (and needing) adoption from the shelters.
Animal shelters require year-round assistance. Adoption is a part of the process. Animals come in daily, and the shelters work quickly to ensure the animal’s health and wellbeing so they can be adopted into their forever home.
MEET YOUR MATCH
Most adopters have an idea of what type of pet they want to adopt but feel overwhelmed by the variety of animal breeds, temperaments, and ages found in shelters. A good rule of thumb? Pick a pet whose personality meshes well with yours. Are you a high-energy marathoner? An enthusiastic rescue dog could be your new running buddy. Are you laid-back and relaxed? A mellow cat or older animal may be your perfect pet.
Pets over the age of six are often overlooked in animal shelters by potential adopters, but there are so many reasons why older animals can make ideal furry family members. They tend to be less rambunctious than younger animals, are often already house-trained, and, just like any shelter animal, they are forever grateful for a second chance.
PUT A PET PLAN IN PLACE
Before bringing home your shelter pet, make sure you—and your home—are ready for their arrival. Gather the supplies your pet will need: a collar, leash, identification tags, crate, toys, water and food bowls, and food. Ask the shelter about your pet’s previous feeding schedule and what type of food they’ve been fed, as a sudden switch in schedules or food can cause tummy issues.
Choose a veterinarian before adopting a pet, and schedule a visit within a few days of adoption. You’ll want to take any medical records the shelter provides with you to ensure that your new pet is getting the proper care they need. If your pet wasn’t spayed or neutered prior to adoption, ask your veterinarian about the process, and don’t forget about microchipping your pet – it can ensure their safe return home if they wander from your sight.