Congratulations! Adopting a new member of the family is always exciting and we’re so glad that you’re making the leap. There are a few things to keep in mind for when you’re bringing your new pet home.


  1. Prepare your home before you bring home your new pet.

Buy everything that you’re going to need for your new dog or cat before you adopt him so that your house is ready right when you get home from the shelter.

You’ll need:

  • Food and water bowls
  • Collar and tags
  • Leash (for dogs)
  • Litter/litter box + scoop (for cats)
  • Food
  • Toys
  • Pet bed
  • Grooming tools

Decide which areas are going to be pet-friendly and which aren’t (if any).


  1. Divvy up pet chores.

Who is going to take on responsibilities of feeding, walking, cleaning up poop, etc.? These are important things to discuss before bringing home your new pet.


  1. Help your new pet to adjust.

Your new dog or cat has just been brought into unfamiliar territory. He is going to need some time to explore and become accustomed to his surroundings. Set aside some good bonding time, but also give your pet some time and space just to wander around.


  1. Get ready for some training.

Whether it’s bathroom issues or behavior issues, you’ll probably have to deal with some bad behavior before your pet settles into his new home. However, some training may be necessary, so you might have to teach your pet where the proper bathroom is or even enroll him in a class.


  1. Make an appointment with the vet.

Within a week of adopting your pet, you need to take him to the vet for a check-up. Your vet will make sure that everything is perfect with your new pet, alert you to any vaccinations he may need, or treat any illnesses.

Make sure to check out local shelters such as the opens in a new windowCharleston Animal Society and opens in a new windowPet Helpers for your new friend!

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