Season To Adopt – An Important Message For All Those Looking To Add To Their
Around the holidays Little Shelter sees an increase in families looking to add a new member to their family. This is a great time for young and old companions to find forever homes. However, before going out and adopting there are a few things that you should consider.
No one can resist the adorable face of a puppy or a kitten and it's easy to want to take that little fuzzball home, but before you do - stop and think ahead.
- Are you ready for a 10+/20+ year commitment?
- Do you have the time to train a dog, walk them and play with them?
- With a cat are you willing to scoop a litter box every day, play with them and work with them to not scratch the furniture?
- When the cat/dog becomes a senior and needs special accommodations, are you willing to provide them with the special care they need?
*We here at Little Shelter do not support giving a life as a gift. A life should never be given as a surprise but rather an informed and planned decision.
If you’re a parent giving your child a kitten/puppy and are prepared to take on the responsibility of the animal yourself, then there is a plan for the animal’s well being. However it is never a good idea to give a pet as a gift for a fiancé, spouse, friend, parent, etc… Everyone who will live with the animal should be a part of this life changing decision. Most important is that the companion should fit the adopter, which is why the person who will be caring for the animal should come and meet them to determine if it’s the right companion for them.
-If you still want to “surprise” a family member, there are other ways to do so. Give a card that inside contains a brochure about the rescue, or create a certificate that says “you’re getting a dog/cat”. You can put a date and time for when you will go together to rescues/shelter and pick out an animal. The kids will be plenty excited knowing they will get to go pick out a new friend!
-Little Shelter has had many families who bring the kids in for a “tour”, the parents don’t tell the kids they are adopting but rather they are going to spend some holiday time with the animals that have no families of their own. While the kids are interacting with the animals, the parents will put the one the kids like most on hold. The parents will then come alone to pick the new furry family member and “surprise” the kids.
*Please understand shelters and rescues have limited space, they do not have the capacity to “hold” the animal for you until Christmas Eve. They need the space to go save more lives! If you adopt and are planning on a surprise, please make prior arrangements with family or friends to “hide” the dog/cat.*
There are many things to consider when adopting a pet, the donation for adopting is just the beginning. Here is a small checklist of other immediate expenses an adopter should plan on if taking home a new friend:
- Toys – many different kinds, if you’re getting a puppy/kitten remember they may go through them very quickly!
- Wee wee pads or litter box
- Dog Crate
- Cat tree tower / cat scratchers
- Flea/tick control
- Nail clippers/shampoo
- Pet safe cleaning supplies / Cord protectors /outlet covers
- Doggie ramp
- WELLNESS VISIT WITH YOUR VET ***It is always recommended that within the first few months you bring your new family member to your personal vet especially while the animal is healthy. This lets your vet and pet get to know each other. It establishes a baseline of health and lets your vet get to know the personality of the pet when they are feeling good.
Note this is only a partial list, research online to see what other things might be suggest for the pet/age/breed you are adopting.
Suddenly not sure if this is the right time to adopt? That’s OKAY. Still want to help? YOU CAN! Get involved:
Little Shelter has a wonderful Foster Families Program where you can help rescue kittens and prepare them for homes. VOLUNTEER! Come be one of our volunteers and spend time with the dogs/cats here.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year. If you are thinking of adopting this holiday season, please come down to Little Shelter where our knowledgeable staff would be happy to help you find your new best friend. Have a question? Give us a call at: 631-368-8770.
33 Warner rd,
Huntington, NY 11743