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Adopting A Shelter Dog

April 15, 2023

April 30th is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! We’re definitely happy to boost awareness on this one. We love hearing stories about pups that got second chances and are now beloved family pets. Of course, going to a new home is a big deal to Man’s Best Friend. A Hudson Valley, NY vet offers some tips on adopting a shelter dog in this article. 

Choosing Your Pooch

It’s always interesting seeing how different people choose different dogs. Some folks have preferences for specific breeds. Others just happen to fall for a cute canine that crosses their path somehow. If you’re looking for a certain breed, age, color or size, you’ll find plenty of potential pups to meet in shelters. You can also look online and widen your search area a bit. Many places coordinate transport from other states, or are willing to meet adopters part way. 

Meet N’ Greet

If possible, spend some time with your new canine buddy before signing the papers. If you have another pooch, it’s also important to let them meet each other. Many dogs become very close to their four-legged roommates, but this isn’t always guaranteed. It’s much better to back out after a bad test meeting than to go forward and find yourself with two pups that don’t like each other. 

Getting Ready

Have everything your canine pal will need ready and waiting before you bring him home. FIdo will need toys, treats, bedding, food, dishes, a crate, and a first-aid kit. You’ll also need a good leash and collar or harness. Some of these things will need to be chosen according to Fido’s size, weight, and health, so you probably should hold off until you’ve chosen your new furry best friend.

Settling In

The day you bring your new furry pal home will be a game-changer for both of you. It’s important that things go very smoothly. We recommend taking your four-legged friend for a walk before bringing him indoors. This will let him get a feel for his new terrain, and let him sort of process the change. Depending on your setup, you may want to start him out in a quiet back room. Don’t worry! WIth love, patience, and TLC, you’ll have that tail going before you know it! 

Please feel free to contact us, your local Hudson Valley, NY animal clinic, anytime! We’re here to help!