This is the moment you’ve been waiting and preparing for! Aren’t you excited? We bet you are! And we also bet the adoptable animals in your local shelters and rescue groups are as excited as you are—if only they knew or understood what was going on!
How to Meet a New Dog or Cat (and Other Adoptable Pets)
The very first thing that you have to keep in mind as regards your search for dogs and cats that are up for adoption is that they may not understand the purpose of the meet and greet. Here are the key pointers to remember to ace your meet and greet with a furry friend at animal shelters and rescues wherever you are in the country:
Have a List of Questions for Local Shelters and Rescues
It's crucial that you prepare a list of questions to ask the shelter or rescue about the cuddly dogs and cats you’ve set your heart on. This is to pinpoint possible problems down the road, which can significantly affect your adoption experience sooner or later.
Below are some examples (mind you, this is not an exclusive list) to help you during your search for a new furry friend:
How long has it been in the shelter or rescue?
Was it found or surrendered?
How old is it and is it already potty or house-trained?
Does it have any special needs like a specific food?
Does it have a history of getting into fights or conflicts with other animals in the adoption facility?
Meet and Greets are big adoption events that often take days—if not weeks—of preparation for local shelters, rescues and ASPCA-affiliated groups. With their goal to find loving homes for dogs and cats, the shelter staff and rescue volunteers may be tired or may have answered the same questions you are asking a hundred times or more.
During your search for adoptable animals to save, it helps to be polite and patient during your on-site visit because it's not just going to be you who's going to be there to adopt a pet.
Bring Your Family
When you've decided to adopt a pet, it's highly recommended to include the people whom you spend the most time with in your search for the four-legged companion to foster. Because like you, they'd also be living with and have access to the animal you’ll choose.
Take A Chill Pill
Try to not get too excited or hyped up during your on-site visit! It will affect the way you interact with a puppy or kitten or other pets. You just might start picking up dogs and cats too enthusiastically and give off the wrong vibe! It is crucial to remember that adoptions involve more than emotions. You are basically there to save a life and give pets the right place they deserve.
Mind Your Manners!
Dogs, cats and other pets have unique personalities. And it's possible that they won't be that ecstatic when they first meet you. Keep in mind that pets up for adoption may not be properly socialized. Be very conscious with how you approach a dog or cat in a way that they will deem polite and will appreciate.
Don't forget to take notes when you participate in Meet and Greets organized by shelters and rescues, including the ones from ASPCA and similar groups. Besides recording your positive observations about the dogs, kittens and other pets that you're looking to adopt, it's also helpful to list the potential issues that you may have with them, too.
Anne Fifield of Basset Rescue Texas shares: “If you're applying to more than one rescue to adopt a dog or cat, keep concise notes. For example, you may ask us about Fluffy. Our answer is, “We don’t have a Fluffy.” This will really delay your search for a kitten or dog to adopt.”
Prepare To Go Home Alone
After all the preparation and meeting lots of pets and animals, it's entirely possible to not meet one which would be a great match for you. This is very normal and a sign that you're really taking pet adoption seriously. By not bringing an animal or pet home that you are not entirely sure about, you're actually leaving the door open for both you and that creature to find your perfect match.
Be Ready To Go Through The Adoption Process
So you’ve found a new addition to the family. Then it is off to the next step which we will discuss in full in the next article so stay tuned for that! We hope that this installment of our Ultimate Guide to Pet Adoption Series has been helpful to you!
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HOMEOPATH & CO-FOUNDER OF ZUMALKA
Suzie Cyrenne is a certified Homeopath with over ten years of experience creating natural products for cats and dogs. She co-founded eCommerce brand, Zumalka in 2013 with her husband Matt and is on a mission to help thousands of animals naturally improve their quality of life and shares her experience on their popular YouTube show. Hence, she created a line of high-performance natural pet supplements to target the root cause of common health issues.
Suzie was influenced by her mother-in-law, who practiced homeopathy and made natural remedies from home. After being on prescriptions for many years for a skin issue without resolution, she wanted to try something new. Her problems were cleared up within a few months of dedication to a better diet supplemented by homeopathic remedies. That's when she knew that homeopathy worked! During this process, she wondered why there weren't better options for pets and soon created a popular line of natural remedies that have helped thousands of pets across the USA.
When she’s not traveling or reading the next personal development book, you can find Suzie snowboarding, working out, or enjoying a daily hike.
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