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Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Yesterday was Adopt A Shelter Pet Day! This is one cause that all of us here at Armitage Animal Hospital can truly support. Shelters are full of loving, wonderful pets that need good homes. If you’re thinking about bringing a new furbaby into your family, please consider going to a shelter to find your new friend. In this article, a Newmarket, ON veterinarian discusses adopting shelter pets.

Pet Personalities

While this isn’t always the case, you may be able to find out something about your pet’s background and personality. Shelters also do some basic character tests on pets. This will help them determine whether or not Fido will get along with your cat, or if Fluffy will be happiest as a single pet. This information can be very helpful to potential pet parents.

Benefits of Adopting Shelter Pets

There are many wonderful reasons to consider adopting from a shelter. First and foremost, you’ll be saving a life, and making a forever friend. You’ll also be helping other animals, which is a wonderful feeling. Your pet’s adoption fees help the shelter take care of its furry wards. Plus, the space your furball vacates will quickly be filled by another pet in need of a home.

Special Needs Pets

We know, kittens and puppies are absolutely adorable, and can make a great addition to any household. But don’t overlook that cute senior dog, or the kitty with vision problems. Older pets, and those with special needs, often face very grim odds when it comes to getting adopted. These furballs often make the best pets!

Choosing The Furbaby

Before you make a final decision, be sure to spend time with your furry new friend. Adopting a pet is a lifelong commitment, so you want to be sure you’re making the right choice. It’s very heartbreaking when pets are adopted, only to be returned because they aren’t the right fit after all.

Be Prepared

We recommend getting everything ready before you go to the shelter. If you’re getting a cat, you’ll need toys, dishes, a litterbox, and a bed, as well as some kitty furniture. Dogs will also need a bed, toys, and dishes, as well as a leash, brushes and grooming supplies. Ask your vet for specific food recommendations.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health? Call us, your Newmarket, ON animal clinic, today!

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