When most people think of adding a new pet to their family, their first thoughts go to a baby. A kitten, perhaps, or a puppy. Maybe even a young rabbit, rat, or guinea pig. A baby, we think, will adapt to our family as it grows up.
Mac, a German Shepherd mix, was an adult when he was adopted from the local shelter in Carlsbad, CA. At his first veterinary visit after adoption, the veterinarian estimated him to be between 2 and 3 years old, skinny but in great health, and, “A very handsome fellow!” Mac seemed to settle into his new home quickly, but his owners were a bit more hesitant. Not only was Mac a big dog but this was their first dog in many years. They were a bit overwhelmed.
Adopting a new pet is exciting, rewarding, and so much fun – but also requires a lot of preparation! We’ve put together a handy New Pet Checklist to make sure you don’t miss a thing when taking care of your new furry family member. Take a look below and then stop in to your local store to pick up these essentials to keep your new best friend happy, healthy and entertained.
Since August is all about clearing the shelters (have we mentioned that Clear the Shelters Day is August 18th yet?), we want to take a minute to shine a spotlight on some of the local rescues and shelters we are proud to work with! If you’re looking to add a furry addition to your family, we encourage you to take a look at some of the places listed below. And even if you can’t adopt right now – consider donating or volunteering!
How can your pet help a rescued animal in need?
Did you find your furbaby at a shelter or rescue? Now’s your chance to give back! Here’s how to enter: