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How to prepare for adopting a rescue animal

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what you need to adopt a rescue animalRescue animals are unique in that they have experienced life outside of that which shared with their new pet parent.

This can make preparing one’s living space for the arrival of a new rescue animal seem like a daunting task. While each rescue animal is unique these Tips for Preparing to Adopt a Rescue Animal will help ensure that the lovable new addition to your family feels safe, wanted and at home with you and your family.

First, it is important that you prepare yourself by purchasing all the necessary equipment for proper care of your animal. For example, if you have adopted a dog then you will need things like a leash, harness (especially for small dogs), food bowl, and flea and tick prevention medication. Having all of these on hand when your furry new friend arrives will save you a lot of time and hassle in the future. If you are not sure what sort of supplies might be required for the proper care of your rescue animal simply consult with your adoption service.

Next, you may need to adjust your living space in anticipation of your new pet’s arrival. For example, small dogs and cats might be tempted to claw or chew on things that are close to the ground, you may want to reposition items such as surge protectors and extension cords to keep them out of the reach of a curious animal. It is also probably a good idea to consider the placement of your valuables as some animals, such as cats, might knock them around or to the ground.

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Another important thing to consider is how you will go about introducing your pet to other animals in your house. Acclimating a new pet to an already existing family dynamic can be a bit tricky. Perhaps it would be best to introduce your new friend to your already existing pet at a dog, or in your neighbor’s yard. This will allow the animals to make their acquaintance on neutral territory. This will likely prove less stressful for each animal because they will be able to establish relationship before one is made to acclimate to the other’s territory.

Finally, you may want to consider bringing the other (human) members of your household to meet your potential pet before the adoption is finalized. Unfortunately, many rescue animals are the victims of prior abuse and therefore have negative associations with certain humans according to characteristics such as gender or size. It is good to at least be aware of any potential problems that your rescue animal might have acclimating to living with other members of your household.

It is important to remember that even if your rescue animal does not get along with every member of your household they can still become compatible with them over time, consult with the experts at your adoption site.

With these tips, you should be just a bit more prepared for the arrival of the newest edition to your family. Happy adopting!

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