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Adoption Day? 4 Items to Buy as Soon as You Get Your New Dog

The number of pets being handed in at shelters each year in the U.S. continues to grow. In the U.S., there are more than 1.6 million shelter dogs adopted each year. New pet parents need to be prepared with all the new pet essentials and a few treats on adoption day.

Adoption Day? 4 Items to Buy as Soon as You Get Your New Dog

Collar and Leash

The first step towards adopting a dog is usually taken at a shelter when you choose your dog and apply to adopt.

Once the process is complete you will need to get ready for your new family member. On adoption day you will need all the necessities of life with your new dog.

One of the first purchases you will have to make is a collar and leash. These will allow you to keep track of your new dog after leaving the shelter.

Add to your collar a nameplate with your contact details in case you lose your dog or she runs away.

If you live in a cold climate, you might want to consider getting a jacket for your dog.

Dog clothes may help your new family member stay safe and protected on walks or outings.

Food and Water

You should have already spoken to the shelter volunteers about the type of food your dog likes and is accustomed to eating.

Make sure you keep everything very similar to how your dog was living in the shelter or foster home. This way, they are comfortable in their first days with you.

A food and water dish are excellent places to start when you are trying to make your dog feel at home.

Keep them in the same place at all times.


You should remember your new family member has just been through a difficult period of time moving into a shelter before moving again to live with you.

You should be looking to remove as much stress as possible when your new pet arrives home with you.

Dogs often use toys as a simple way of chewing to relieve stress meaning you should have a few chew toys around at all times to keep your new family member as happy as possible at all times.

Poop Bags

Whether you look for the more expensive eco-friendly bags or the plastic version, it is important to be responsible when your dog has pooped.

Being a responsible owner means removing all waste from public areas. This is true on adoption day and no matter how old they get!

This ensures your neighbors and family members do not become annoyed with you after your dog uses the bathroom.

Shelter pets make wonderful companions and I hope these tips help when adoption day comes for your next best friend!

Dorothy Boucher

Thursday 21st of November 2019

I can't believe the numbers are growing,you would think they would be going to down, how sad. Anyway' I can see why these are a must to have on adoption day. @tisonlyme143

Sandy Klocinski

Monday 26th of August 2019

These are indeed the basics that you need. Awesome advice! Great tips!

Dawn Jozwiak

Saturday 27th of July 2019

These are great tips and that puppy is adorable!

Sarah L

Friday 26th of July 2019

Puppies are SO cute! Wish I could have a dog. Good tips.

Sue E

Thursday 25th of July 2019

I love reading your blog about our best friends! You have great advice and tips! I want to start off on the right foot with the newest member of our family! WOOF! ?

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