At the Meet and Greet, our adoption team has been briefed on your lifestyle and everyone in it.Our team knows all of the PAWS Animal Shelter candidates and will work with you one-on-one to find the best fit. Come prepared to take "test drive walks" with candidates. Our team will carefully introduce candidates to your children and other pets to observe interaction to find the responsible lifetime match.
Animals are clever and they are fantastic athletes. Make sure all gates, doors and fencing are in good working order. Repair and secure all before you bring your new Animal home.
Animals have been known to open gate latches. Secure with clip locks. Animals can let themselves out of yards if a fence is in disrepair or has low or weak spots. You do not want your new Animal lost or injured before they become accustomed to your home.Do a thorough once over to make sure your animal will be safe and secure in your home & yard.
Only buy quality Animal food from a pet food store (or Costco) never from a grocery store. With so many great pet stores offering a wide variety of top quality food, it's really your choice, and what you new Animal will eat. Sometimes in the beginning it might be trial and error so perhaps small bags to start with until your find the right one.Some good brands include Zignature, Merrick, Wellness, Royal Canine, Taste of The Wild and Kirkland brand from Costco.
PAWS Animal Shelter will help select the best candidate to fit your life and all in it. If your home includes other Animals, cats or kids of any age it is best to be prepared to follow integration guidelines to ensure the best chance for full integration and a happy life together.It can sometimes take time and effort, but the end results are unconditional love for a lifetime. GO SLOW, TAKE TIME. Knowing what steps to follow and more importantly what NOT to do will help everyone.Click appropriate links for successful integration tips that apply to you. Be prepared by educating yourself on what will work.
Animals LOVE their human family. Your new Animal should sleep inside the house preferably in the same room as a family member, especially at first.Do not expect your Animal to sleep in a remote room such as kitchen or laundry room which makes your new Animal feel isolated rather than included. A crate in your bedroom is a great integration tool helping your Animal feel safe, avoid accidents, and prevent anxiety.
The simple answer to this question is to integrate your Animal by following PAWS Animal Shelter take home instruction and taking things in baby steps. Your new Animal has a lot to learn and get used to. Every home is different; every Animal is different. The most important thing to remember is that PAWS Animal Shelter is here to help you after adoption with advice and to answer questions to help your new Animal fully integrate.
Here are links of the most common questions people have when bringing home a new Animal.
PAWS Animal Shelter treats health issues that are apparent when Animals arrive or conditions that develop during their time at our facility. Owner surrenders to PAWS Animal Shelter often come with their medical history and records. Animals that we pull from city shelters often come without much history and we must evaluate visually from experience.PAWS Animal Shelter will always divulge any conditions that are known and treatment protocols.We partner with quality vets for the very best for Animals in our care.
Please be aware that there can be a very common temporary condition that affects many Animals in communal living environments: kennels, boarding facilities, etc.Kennel Cough and Diarrhea/Giardia are easily spread but also easily treated. Your new Animal may or may not have been exposed so please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these common and very treatable temporary conditions.
Make sure your resident Animal is current with shots, especially bortatella before visiting PAWS Animal Shelter.