What You Should Know Before
Adopting a Pet During COVID-19
Pet adoptions have skyrocketed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving some shelters without any animals left to adopt. However, that doesn’t mean every pet is taken. There will always be more pets in need of good homes. If you’ve been planning on adding a pet to your family, here’s how to go about it during the pandemic.
Consider Your Lifestyle
While you might be at home all the time due to the pandemic, that might not always be the case. You’ll want to think about your life now and in the future.
- Dogs need attention throughout the day. Before getting a dog, make sure you can give him the attention he needs.
- Cats are known for their independence. While they can be left alone for longer periods of time, they still need time with their humans.
- Small pets like rabbits are often lumped in with other “low-maintenance” pets, but they actually require daily care such as cage cleaning and feeding.
Once you’ve done your research to find a pet who’s a good fit for you, it’s time to start the adoption process.
- There are dozens of pet adoption websites; in many cases, rescue organizations use sites like these to list pets that need homes.
- You can also adopt directly from a shelter or rescue organization.
- Fostering a pet is another great option. With fostering, you let a pet live in your home temporarily until he’s able to be adopted into his forever home.
Protecting Your New Pet
Welcoming a new pet into your home is such an exciting time! Before getting started, make sure you take these steps to protect your companion.
- Create a safe environment for your pet by removing household items that are toxic to pets.
- Your pet will also love having some safe toys to play with.
- Connect with a veterinarian prior to or immediately after bringing home your pet.
Be Prepared at Home
If this is your first pet, you’ll need to get the right gear and have a plan to address adjustment issues.
- Gather food and water dishes, food, bedding, toys and a collar and leash. Petsmart coupons can help you save money on all your purchases.
- Find a designated spot in your home where your pet can feel comfortable and safe.
- Be patient and ready to deal with carpet or furniture issues for potential accidents.
If you’ve been wanting to do your part to help animals during the pandemic, it makes sense to bring one into your home. By making sure you’re mentally prepared for a pet, and that you have the right plan and gear in place, you set yourself and your new pet up for a smooth transition.