The number of pets being handed in at shelters each year in the U.S. Continues to grow with more than 6.5 million surrendered to shelters in 2018, according to the ASPCA. In the U.S., there are more than 1.6 million shelter dogs adopted each year with new pet parents needing to be prepared with all the essentials and a few treats.
Collar and Leash
The first step towards owning 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 with all the necessities of life with your new dog. One of the first purchases you will have to make is a collar and leash that will allow you to keep track of your new dog after leaving the shelter. Add to your collar with a nameplate with your contact details in case you lose your dog or she runs away. Along with this, you might want to consider getting a jacket for your dog if you live in a cold climate. 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 to eat and has become used to. Make sure you keep everything very similar to how your dog was living in the shelter or foster home so 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 positioned 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 for themselves 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.
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 to make sure your neighbors and family members do not become annoyed with you after your dog uses the bathroom no matter how old they are when they are adopted.