Adopting A Shelter Pet

April 30th is Adopt A Shelter Pet Day! Of course, we think every day should be Adopt A Shelter Pet Day! There are just far too many wonderful dogs and cats in shelters, hoping someone will love them enough to adopt them. Read on as a local Pleasanton, CA vet discusses adopting a shelter pet.

Reasons To Adopt A Shelter Pet

There are many reasons to get your new furry pal from a shelter. For one, you’ll be giving a sweet dog or cat a second chance at happiness. That’s definitely something you can feel great about! Plus, you’ll probably save yourself some money, since adopting from a shelter is typically cheaper than going through a breeder or pet store. You’re also helping other homeless pets, both by freeing up space and resources at the shelter and by supporting the shelter financially.

Finding Your Furry Friend

Going through a shelter is a wonderful way to find your new animal companion. No matter what type of pet you are looking for, from a small cuddly lapdog to a calm senior cat, you’ll find lots of cute furry faces to pick from. Of course, sometimes that’s the hard part: choosing just one dog or cat isn’t always easy. Spend some time with your new buddy before finalizing everything. After all, adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment!

Getting Ready

Before you bring your new pet home, you’ll need to do some shopping. Your list should include bedding, toys, treats, food, dishes, grooming supplies, and a travel carrier or crate. Fido will need a leash and harness or collar, while Fluffy will require a litterbox and litter. If you’re getting a dog, you may want to go shopping after you’ve picked out your pooch. That way, you can be sure you’re getting the right size.


As you can probably imagine, being in a shelter isn’t very fun for Fluffy and Fido. Your pet will need some time to relax and recuperate, and may sleep a lot at first. Put your little buddy in a cozy, comfy room or corner with all of their belongings, and just give them time to adjust. A trip to the vet’s is in order, but aside from that, just focus on offering great care.

Is your pet due for an exam, vaccines, or parasite control? Contact us, your Pleasanton, CA vet clinic, today!

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