Best Pet Care: The Ultimate Guide To Pet Adoption 2023

by Suzie Cyrenne July 12, 2023 4 min read

Female vet checking the cats neck.

As far as bringing your new furry friend home is concerned, it's your responsibility to provide him with the health, safety and wellness he deserves. But unlike what a lot of people mistakenly think, this doesn't just simply involve giving an adopted pet from local shelters and rescue groups access to food and water.

Make sure you follow along to get in on some simple and practical tips on how to make your home the right place when you adopt a pet.

The Essential Checklist for Adoptable Animals

Man hugging his dog

When you find loving homes for adopted puppies and kittens from local shelters and rescue groups, it's not just their physical needs that you should take care of. Your new furry friend will also require adequate mental, emotional and social attention in the process.

Here's the scenario...

Imagine your life living inside your room and only given the basics. You need interaction or you’ll go crazy. You crave contact and if you don’t get it, you’ll get grumpy. The same is true with animals regardless of age.

Making sure to cover not just the physical part, but also his mental, emotional and social needs is crucial when you adopt a pet. You must have a complete and holistic approach to avoid issues like anxiety and destructive behavior along the way (which can really make you view pets as not cute and cuddly anymore).


Planning Good Homes for Cats

Mother and son petting their cat

Whether you adopt from animal shelters or adoption events, not to mention from organizations like Petfinder, ASPCA or PetSmart charities, here are some quick tips to keep a cat or kitten happy:

  • Cats equate play with affection. Playing with them means you’re also connecting with them emotionally. And they are very much drawn to the movement (like when using laser pointers and cat wands).

  • Having a scratching post or two in your home is one way to keep your cat happy (and also make your furniture less attractive choices for his claw-sharpening routine).

  • A kitten or young cat will require a lot of protein. Integrating wheatgrass in his diet also helps provide additional vitamins and trace minerals, while also making it easier for him to get rid of hairballs.

  • Having at least 2 litter boxes for one kitty is the rule of thumb. They should also be easy to search and access by your cats.


Caring for Other Adoptable Pets Like Hamsters, Guinea Pigs and Rabbits

Two cute guinea pig

The typical person thinks that you can only go for dogs and cats when it comes to pet adoptions. Interestingly, you can also adopt other fur babies like hamsters, guinea pigs or rabbits, but they will require the proper on-site enclosure and accessories to stay happy and healthy.


These lovable critters require a lot of space for socialization

When you foster these types of pets from Petfinder, ASPCA or a similar organization, you should take note of the location and space of their enclosures. Besides making sure that they have enough room to live and play in, they also need to have an extra area to house a mate or a companion.

Moreover, an enclosure should be more than a shelter. Adding in a few accessories and toys like food puzzles, a nesting disk and a hideout is highly recommended. You can easily get your hands on them at your local pet shop or through an online purchase wherever you may be in the country.


How to Foster Farm Animals (You Can Adopt Them From an Animal Shelter, Too)

Two horses

Yes, farm animals can be adopted and kept as pets, too! It's not uncommon to see horses, goats and even chickens turn up in shelters and rescues up for pet adoption. You'll be surprised to see the variety of animals in rescues and shelters when you drop by for a visit. Below are some quick guidelines when you're adopting these kinds of pets:

  • Plenty of space is a must

  • You must have lots of food on hand like hay and fodder

  • Salt licks are essential if you adopt cattle, goats, horses and even deer

  • Put up a few scratching posts

  • Adopting farm animals also involves a lot of TLC (you'll be surprised how affectionate a goat or a horse can be)


Pet Adoption Guidelines Dogs

Woman and a dog

Most people mistakenly believe that things are going to be a piece of cake when you adopt a puppy or a dog. Just remember that you'll need more than good pet food and playtime when you foster a canine companion!


Boosting immune system health is crucial when you adopt a pet dog

Canine pet adoption also requires regular grooming, exercise, bonding, clean water and vet visits. Bolstering his immune system is also a must so he won't be an easy target for diseases and health problems.

Please keep in mind that regardless of where you house your canine family member, it should be dry year-round, protected from the elements, and safe from other animals if you live in a rural location. This means not chaining the dog if you live in an area with bears and wolves.

When it comes to food, you will save a lot of time and effort when you check out our ultimate guide on what dogs can and cannot eat. And regardless of age, your new best friend will be prone to having bad breath and tartar buildup, so make sure you have the right homeopathic products in your home care kit to take care of these issues.


A Final Note

Taking in a new animal family member through adoption requires a lot of commitment. Whether it's dogs, cats or other types of pets, there are key things to keep in mind to ensure that they'll stay happy and healthy. Adoptions won't be complete if you don't take note of these—along with the other blog posts in our Ultimate Guide to Pet Adoption series.

Do you have some animal care tips to share? We're very interested to hear your insight. Let us know by leaving a comment down below or joining us on Facebook. You can also contact us at any time to get in touch with a pet homeopathy professional.



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.

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