Congratulations on your decision to adopt a new pet!

Here’s a checklist for new adopters to help ensure that you’re fully prepared to welcome your new furry friend into your home

checklist for new adopters

1. Pet Supplies 

Make sure you have all the necessary supplies for your pet, including food, water bowls, a collar and leash, a comfortable bed, toys, and any necessary grooming supplies.

Pet-proofing

2. Pet-proofing

Look around your home and make sure it’s safe for your pet. Remove any hazardous items, such as chemicals, medications, and electrical cords, and make sure that any plants are safe for pets.

Find a veterinarian in your area and schedule an appointment for your new pet

3. Veterinarian

Find a veterinarian in your area and schedule an appointment for your new pet. They can give your pet a full check-up and make sure that they’re up-to-date on their vaccinations and preventative care.

 Make sure your pet has proper identification, such as a collar with a tag that has your contact information

4. Identification 

Make sure your pet has proper identification, such as a collar with a tag that has your contact information. You may also want to consider getting your pet microchipped for added security.

5. Training 

Consider enrolling your pet in a training class to help them learn basic commands and socialization skills.

 6. Exercise

Make sure you have time to exercise your pet every day. Dogs, in particular, need daily walks and playtime to stay healthy and happy.

7. Pet-sitting and Boarding 

Make arrangements for pet-sitting or boarding if you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time.

8. Patience 

Finally, remember that it may take some time for your new pet to adjust to their new home and routine. Be patient, offer plenty of love and attention, and you’ll soon have a happy and healthy pet.