‘Every word of mine is tested, now I embark on the journey of clarity. I maketh a shield from you.’
Just as you take refuge in me, another creature is about to take refuge in you. So you know the pet you want to adopt, your family and other pets are on board with your decision. But you look lost. Brace yourself for the nitty-gritty. Here are my directions.
I assume you have already done an internet search on your future pet. Once you’ve narrowed down to one shelter, you may want to talk to unassociated pet counsellor or a shelter employee. Even if they don’t have the pet that you are looking for right now, they will alert you once your bundle of joy graces their home. Also talk to the people around you who have pets, make as informed a decision as you can.
It says in the Holy Book, that pet adoption takes a long time, as it should. You want to be absolutely sure you got the right pet for you. This is a family member we are talking about. you want to avoid returns or other problems. Ask the shelter staff about the histories and personalities of different animals there. Cats might be kept in one common room where you can find the one for you. You might want to take a dog on a walk to get to know them better.
Do the paperwork
Shelters like the written word too. You would be required to provide them with photo ID and address proof. If you are renting an apartment, be sure to get your landlord’s permission in the incarnation of a lease agreement or a letter. You would also need to tell the shelter about your work habits, pet philosophy, daily schedule and financial ability.
Point of interview
Get ready for Judgment Day. The shelter employee will interview you before you can take Happy back home. They will ask you about your history of pet ownership, the number and address of your nearest veterinarian. Some shelters will also carry out a house inspection. If your pet is not neutered, some shelters might ask you to sign an agreement that you will get your pet treated at the earliest.
Charity truly begins at home. It’s time to pay the shelter. Typically, you will have to pay lesser adoption fees to a shelter as compared to a breeder. Expect the fees for more popular pets like cats and dogs will be higher and those for the old and disabled, lower. Ask what the fee covers and the circumstances in which you can return the pet. Ask if the pet has been neutered and other preliminary veterinary treatments.
Arm yourself with supplies. Food, water, bedding or cages, leashes, toys, containers, litter boxes or scratching posts — find out what your pet requires before hand and buy it. Put away toxic chemicals and pet-proof your home. Get a harness, travel cage or container ready to bring your pet home.
Give your pet time to adjust to his new family. Find out if your animal shelter provides training sessions and vet visits. Blow the conch, it’s the start of a new blessed life.