National Pet Adoption Month

June is the start of summer and is the official National Pet Adoption Month, what a better way than to start with adopting a pet. There are so many animals in your local shelters that need a loving home. Many of these animals have been abused, mistreated, abandoned, or their owner just was not prepared for the responsibility. Here are some great tips to get you ready for your pet.

  • 1.The shelter where you intend to adopt your pet should be clean and professional. Make sure the staff is friendly and have a good understanding of the pet’s behavior. If the shelter and cages are dirty and the pets look distant and timid. Run!!!!!
  • 2.If you have children or another pet and you are getting them a companion, bring them with you so you can see the interaction between your children and/or pet and the new pet you intend to adopt. Nothing is worse than bringing home a new pet just to bring it back because they become aggressive towards your children or pet.
  • 3.Research! Research! Research! Have questions about where the pet came from, how they have interacted with the staff, do the pet have a behavior issue, etc. For more info check out the¬†
  • 4.Do you have time for a pet? Dogs, cats, and other animal companions cannot be ignored just because you’re tired or busy. They require food, water, exercise, care, and companionship every day of every year. Many animals in the shelter are there because their owners didn’t realize how much time it took to care for them.
  • 5.Be Prepared. The costs of pet ownership can be quite high. Licenses, training classes, spaying and neutering, veterinary care, vaccinations, grooming, toys, food, kitty litter, and other expenses add up quickly.

Most of the pet supplies can be easily bought online at a great online retailer like . Here is a pet essentials grocery list to prepare for even before you get your new pet home.

  • 6.Fleas, ticks, and other nasty bugs. Be prepared to protect your pets from nasty bug that can hurt your pets. Have Frontline defend against fleas and ticks, and then have Heartgard to protect them from Heartworms, roundworms, and hookworms. Heartgard is especially need for pet who like to go in the yard.
  • 7.Have a place for your pet to sleep. Having a pet bed like the Climb or the Sleep by Otis & Claude is perfect because it is easy to clean and your pet can identify a resting place.
  • 8.Having the right pet food. You should buy pet food that is suited for your pet’s age and type. Pet who have the wrong food diet can get severely sick so we recommend Hill’s Science Diet because of the custom formulations that they have for each stage of your pet.
  • 9.Got toys and treats? One good way for you to train your pet and give them exercise as well is having toys and treats a moment’s notice. Toys like the Bettie fetch toy and the Ba Da Beam rotating Laser will have your pets exercising for hours. The treats is a great way to reinforce well habits and train your pet obey. It is also a great tool to have your pet feel comfortable around others.
  • 10.Groom your pets. Brushing your pets help reduce the amount of allergens that your pets put up in the air. The FURminator is the best tool for this job because it get also removes hair from the under coat of your pet where it makes them itch.

Although it looks daunting to get a pet, it is one of the most rewarding things you can do for a pet and yourself. Once you have the essentials in place everything else will fall into place and you will enjoy the love that your pet will bring. Pets bring so much joy into your life that it can’t be quantified.

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