How to Welcome Your New Rescue

Rescuing a pet is a great way to add to your family and to make a difference for an animal in need of a second chance. It’s an exciting time for you, and a potentially anxious time for your pet. Change can be as hard as it is exciting. These tips will help you prepare for your new arrival and make her homecoming as smooth as possible.

Do Your Homework

Before bringing your rescue home, do a little research about the type of animal and breed you are adopting so you know what to expect. Even if you’ve had similar pets before, brushing up can really help.

Get Supplies in Advance

It’s a good idea to get the supplies your pet will need before bringing her home. This includes food, a bed, a leash for a dog, and a litter box for a cat. Being prepared in advance will help make the transition a little easier for both of you.

Plan Your Rules and Routines

One thing that makes pets (and people) feel at ease is a reliable routine. Decide on the house rules before your pet arrives. That way, you’ll know what to do in advance, and you won’t have to make things up on the fly. Giving your pet the same options and expectations will help him feel more comfortable over time. Decide on things like feeding times, where he sleeps, and whether or not he gets to join you on the couch. Then be consistent with these rules going forward.

Get a Checkup

As with any new pet, making sure she’s healthy is paramount. Call the animal hospital and make a wellness appointment with your veterinarian. Knowing your pet is healthy, or knowing about any health conditions she might have, will help you take the best care of your new best friend.