The Ultimate Guide To Pet Adoption: Sneak Preview 2023

13 comments Jun 15, 2023by Suzie Cyrenne

Are you looking for a sign to adopt a furry companion?  Well, this is it!  

Rescues and shelters for dogs and cats are filled with animals waiting to be adopted and re-homed. But here's the thing: giving a new forever-after home to rescued pets is a VERY big decision.  

Adopting a dog or cat (and other pets like a horse) is lots of fun, but it does take time to plan and research. So how does it work? How do you choose the right pet? Where can I find a rescue or shelter near me? How does the adoption process work?


The Biggest Reason Why We've Created “The Ultimate Guide To Pet Adoption”

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We know you’ve got many questions on adopting a furry friend—be it a puppy, kitten, an older dog or a senior cat—and we’ve put the answers together for you!  We've created “The Ultimate Guide To Pet Adoption”.  

This guide is divided into captivating articles that will teach you everything you need to know about the adoption of animals wherever you may be in the country. Keep an eye out for great tips that will help you in your search for the ideal adoption center and animal shelters, too!

Our goal is not just to encourage loving families to take in dogs and cats, not to mention other types of pets, but also create an extensive training guide for potential adopters.


The Most Extensive Checklist on the Animal Adoption Lifestyle

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We've reached out to more than 200 rescue groups and shelters across America to share with you their best advice and tips on adoptable pets, as well as their location.

We take the opportunity to thank all the rescues and shelters that have collaborated with this guide to send an important message to all families and persons who wish to adopt a pet. This would not have been possible without your valuable support.

Check out what topics and questions these articles will address:


“ The Benefits of Adopting a Pet at Local Animal Shelters”

  • Know the many benefits when you adopt a pet (usually free of charge)! Seize this opportunity to make a difference in your life and in the life of your new cat or dog.  (Learn more here)


Animal Rescue and Animal Shelter: What is the Difference?”Man playing with his cat

  • It’s important to understand the difference between shelters and rescues.  This will save you time in finding the right pets—dogs, cats and others—and in choosing which organization you would like to support in your community (such as ASPCA Happy Tails). They may have similar functions, but also different in some ways. (Find out more here)



Adoption Myths Involving Local Shelters and Animal Rescue Centers”

  • Many misconceptions about adopting dogs and cats from a rescue or shelter abound. These tend to discourage a person from taking in a new animal family member. It's time these myths are debunked.  (Read more here)


Things To Consider Before Adopting?

  • Having a dog or cat can be lots of fun! However, you'll want to think through a couple of things like the appropriate veterinary care before you make your final decision.  (Learn more here)


Find Your Perfect Match

  • Choosing the right cat or dog to join your household can be a tricky process. Learn how to make an educated decision when choosing the ideal furry friend for you. (Find out more here)


Pets Meet and Greet”

  • Talking to a pet counselor at the animal rescue or shelter will really help you make the right choice. Are you a dog or cat person? Which pets require frequent visits to the vet? Know what questions to ask them when you drop by for a visit!  (Read more here)


The Adoption Process for Dogs and Cats

  • Ready to adopt a kitten, a dog, a cat or some other animal companion? Learn what you have to do to get approved for adoption. (Learn more here)


Preparing Your Home for Your New Family Member

Woman cuddling her cat
  • Transform your house into a cozy home before you welcome your new four-legged friend. This includes the location of food bowls, log toys, litter boxes, as well as other relevant topics. (Find out more here


Pet Supplies

  • We’ve created a complete checklist of all the necessary (and fun) things you should think about getting before your new pet arrives.  (Read more here)


Pet Care

  • In adoption, you don't just sign up for a free dog or cat. We'll give you many tips and tricks on how to care for your pet.  (Learn more here)


Bringing Home Your New Best FriendCat and dogs sitting on a couch

  • Bringing home your new companion is a big deal. Learn what to expect in the first couple of weeks. (Find out more here)



Becoming a Responsible Pet Owner

  • Learn how to become a responsible pet parent. We will give you tips and advice on how to be the best pet parent you can be.  (Read more here)


Helping Your Local Rescue or Shelter

  • Learn how to give a helping hand to your local rescue group or animal shelter. There are many great reasons why these organizations need your help.  (Learn more here)


Disclaimer: This guide is intended to provide you with the information you need to make better decisions about pet adoption. The views and opinions in this guide have tried to regroup the general procedure of pet adoption, but remember that all animals, rescues, and shelters are unique. Therefore, pet adoption will be different for each animal, rescue and shelter.

However, we have made every effort to be truthful, fair, and accurate when we wrote this guide. Zumalka has used all reasonable care in compiling the information from the interviewed rescues and shelters but makes no warranty as to its accuracy.

We recommend contacting your local rescue or shelter to help assist you in making your final decision.



About the author

Suzie Cyrenne
Suzie Cyrenne


Suzie Cyrenne has dedicated more than 20 years of her life in making and improving natural animal health solutions in the global setting.

Being the co-founder of Zumalka, Suzie is a forerunner in enhancing the lives of pets through natural and homeopathic options using the knowledge she has gained from the Classical Homeopathy School in Quebec.

Through the guidance of her mother-in-law and fellow natural health expert, Denyse Lessard, Suzie constantly devotes herself to create premium pet products that are aimed at dealing with the root causes of wellness problems and not just their symptoms.

Besides immersing herself in books, personal development and visiting new places, Suzie also enjoys keeping herself in tiptop shape by snowboarding and taking daily hikes with her husband and Zumalka co-founder, Matt Lessard, and their Golden-Doodle, Westin.

Find out more about Suzie when you click HERE.


  • June November 23, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    First time on this website.. great info! I’ve been a pet owner for over 60 years but we can all learn new things.

  • June November 23, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    First time on this website..

  • Zumalka December 23, 2022 at 11:38 am

    Hi Donna, thanks for wanting to share your knowledge, yes, of course you have our permission to share your FB group on “Understanding and Working with Rescue Dogs” ! We have also sent you an email. If you do not see a Zumalka email in your inbox, be sure to check your spam and junk folder. Hope to hear from you soon and thanks for your hard work !

  • Donna Allgaier-Lamberti December 23, 2022 at 11:33 am

    May I share a FB group on “Understanding and Working with Rescue Dogs”? After I rescued our 1 1/2-year-old Lab/Staffy mix rescue dog I Iooked and looked for resources to help me in this often-challenging process. I could find a few articles and blogs about the journeys of a specific rescue dog but not much about how to work with a rescue dog to help their people and the dogs themselves.

    So, I created “Understanding and Working with Rescue Dogs” myself. Please feel free to read and add your tips to help the dogs in the transition and their owners as well. I am not a canine rescue expert by any means, but I have raised and trained numerous working dog puppies and I am a certified Equine and Canine Reiki Practitioner. When I rescued Ginger Rogers in the summer of 2021, I learned a lot through trial and error. I made mistakes and enjoyed some successes.

    I believe that all rescue pet parents want to do the best they can for the animal. Why not provide them with as much targeted information and help as we can?

  • Shivling July 26, 2021 at 11:34 am

    Very Informative blog.

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