Puppy Adoption Tips – Creating a Happy Home for You and Your Puppy

National Puppy Day was last month, but who really needs a special day to bring a puppy home? Anytime you bring a puppy home is a special day so we have 5 Steps To Puppy Adoption that have been provided by Found Animals Executive Director Aimee Gilbreath to help make your home puppy perfect.

Found Animals is a non-profit organization which aims to reduce the euthanasia rate of pets in animal shelters by taking them from shelters and adopting them out to loving pet parents. The organization has been finding homes for pets since 2008.

1. Understanding the benefits of adopting a puppy - While it is easy to melt at the sight of an adorable puppy, the first thing to understand is that your new furry friend will require a lot of time, energy and patience. With that in mind, puppies (and pets in general) can be amazing companions that give unconditional love to their owners. They often times become part of the family and their unique personalities are something to marvel at. Be prepared to fall in love.

2. Finding your puppy - With so many ways and places to look for a puppy the options can be overwhelming.  Petfinder is a great place to start! Petfinder is an online database that features over 300,000 adoptable pets from 13,477 adoption groups across the country. All of these groups offer pets that are current on their vaccinations, spayed/neutered, microchipped and ready to go.

3. Choosing the right puppy for you - The real key to finding the right match is making sure that you bond with the puppy and its unique personality. Energy level is another important factor to consider. Remember that this is a long-term commitment so don’t rush it. Be sure to introduce everyone in your household to your potential new friend before making your final decision.

4. Understanding your new companion - Every animal has just as much unique diversity as a human and often times troublesome behaviors are just their way of communicating their needs. Once those needs are understood and met, you will quickly re-establish harmony with your puppy and get back to enjoying their cute and lovable ways. Puppies especially have lots of energy and a need to play! Providing them with toys and other pets to play with is a simple way to meet their natural need to socialize, run and have fun.

5. Keeping your puppy healthy and safe -Now that you have selected your new puppy, it is important to keep them healthy and safe. Make sure to provide your puppy with regular veterinary checkups to ensure that they are always up to date on their vaccinations. Try and keep your dog in a closed off area, provide them with an I.D. tag and if possible, microchip them to ensure they are never lost for good. A microchip is a device that is about the size of a grain of rice and contains a unique serial number that can be linked to your name and contact information through a microchip registry database. It is permanent and one of the best ways to prevent your pet from getting lost and ending up in an animal shelter. Now that you have them, you want to make sure to keep them!

Aimee also had some tips to help keep your new puppy or the dog you have had for years safe during the summer. Make sure if you have an indoor pet that you take them out to use the bathroom right before bed to refrain from having to let them out in the night. This could save them from unwanted run-ins
with wildlife looking for water. If you feed your pets outside, keep pet food picked up between feedings as to not attract animals. Finally, try eliminating brush and other places where wildlife can take shelter in your yard. Wild animals like to venture down the mountains especially in California so always be aware of where your pet is and if there are wild animal sightings in the area.

For more information visit Found Animals

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