How to Adopt a New Pet During COVID-19

puppy picPets need good homes at all times, regardless of what’s going on in the world. If you’ve been wanting to adopt a pet, you can still do so during the pandemic. Some pet shelters and breeders might have different policies during the pandemic, but you can still find many pets to choose from. Here’s everything you need to know about the process.

First, Pick the Pet That’s Right for You

Each type of pet and specific breed has its own personality. In order to provide the best life possible for your new friend, you’ll have to take this into consideration.

  • Start by thinking about size. Pocket pets such as hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs are great choices if you live in a small space.
  • As an alternative, reptiles and amphibians can make unique pets as well, such as geckos, fish, snakes, and other breeds.
  • If you want more of a cuddle buddy instead, go with a cat or dog. There are nearly endless choices, so to narrow it down, you’ll want to think about personalities, grooming needs, feeding needs, and other factors.
  • Once you’ve picked a breed, think about where you can adopt. Pet stores, animal shelters, rescue charities, and private breeders are all options you can consider.

Next, Get Your Home Set Up

To make your new companion feel safe and comfortable in his new surroundings, you’ll want to set up sleeping, eating, and play areas before bringing him home. There can be too much chaos if you try to do these things after welcoming your new friend into the home.

  • Research what type of bedding, cage, crate, or enclosure your pet needs. Some pets, such as pocket pets, have very specific needs for their environment in order to be safe. Others, like cats, are much less picky as long as they have a safe place to hide.
  • Pick out healthy and nutritious food for your pet, keeping in mind that it may take some trial and error to find a food your pet loves.
  • You’ve also got to think about bathroom needs. Cats will need a litter box, whereas dogs need an outdoor space. If you don’t have a yard, you’ll need to get some supplies for cleaning up after your pup when you take him out in the neighborhood or park.

Let’s Help Your Pet Get Settled In

After going through the adoption process, you’ll want to spend time bonding with your pet and helping him feel like part of the family.

  • If it makes sense for your pet breed, establish a routine. Dogs in particular love having a routine, but cats and other animals can benefit from the structure of a routine as well.
  • Introduce toys and treats to reward your pet for good behavior while bonding together.
  • Start training your pet to instill good behaviors, such as coming when called or not climbing on specific pieces of furniture.
  • Dogs are easier to train, but with the right approach, even a cat can be trained!
  • Even if you bond well and train your pet perfectly, keep in mind that accidents will still happen. It might be necessary to hire a professional cleaning service to take care of any big messes that your pet causes.

Adopting a pet is a wonderful way to help an animal in need. And if you’re spending more time at home due to COVID-19, now is the perfect time to bond and give your new pet all the undivided attention he needs to get comfortably settled in.

 

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