Are you ready to adopt?

Ready to Make a Friend!


Congratulations! You have made the responsible choice to get your new pet from an animal shelter! You are a compassionate person who wants to give a darling animal a happy home! We have a few questions for you. Answering these questions might answer a few questions you have. In any case, they'll lead to you being a more mindful pet parent.

Do you have other animals in your home?

Not a deal breaker! It may affect your selection, though. Some pets can get along better if they're opposite genders. (Spay and neuter! This cannot be stressed enough!) Puppies and kittens are more likely to get along if they're introduced at a young age. For best results, take your dog (we don’t recommend bringing cats to the SPCA for meet and greets) to the shelter with you to help you pick out their new roommate. They're more likely to become friends if they first meet on neutral territory.

Will you give your pet proper veterinary care?

The shelter will have spaying/neutering and age-appropriate vaccinations already taken care of. However, the vaccinations need to be renewed every year. You may have to shop around for a good vet. Interviewing a potential vet is helpful, though the best advertisement a vet can have is word of mouth. Talk to other pet parents about which vet is best.

What will you feed your pet?

Read the label on pet food to make sure you're getting a quality product. An individual cat will have their own tastes on whether they like wet or dry food. They may need to have their food out for a while before they'll be curious enough to try it. A small dog needs to eat every few hours. A larger dog may only need one meal in the morning and one in the evening. Feeding your pet "people food" should happen rarely, if at all.

How often can you exercise a pet?

Exercising with a pet is good for you, good for the animal and is a great way to bond! Cats love to chase things. Big dogs will need frequent walks while small dogs might get enough exercise around the house. When dogs bark too often or chew on things, it may be because they're on edge from not being exercised enough. Make sure that energy is spent constructively!

How will you groom your pet?

Clipping nails is difficult but necessary. We strongly advise against declawing because it's inhumane and can have serious adverse effects on your cat. Give your cat a scratching post to keep those claws trimmed. Cats like to groom themselves, but long-haired breeds can stand a good brushing. Brushing reduces shedding, prevents skin sores and is very relaxing for the animal. You can do most grooming on your own, but treat your pet to a professional grooming every once in a while.

There are of course many good reasons to adopt from a shelter. This infographic will list and explain them. Spread the word and let everyone know an adopted pet is a happy pet!

- This infographic was provided by Mary Nielsen