One of the more positive side-effects of the coronavirus pandemic is that shelters across the country are finding themselves empty. This points to a surprising trend of people adopting animals during mandatory quarantine periods. In some aspects, this is one of the best decisions novice pet parents can make, as they are home and can devote their time and attention to a new animal. However, it’s also very important to remember that the pandemic will soon be over, and a new pet is a lifelong companion.
Because you are making a long-term commitment, it pays to know ahead of time what you’re getting yourself into. From the first 30 days of adoption to what to do with your pet when life gets back to normal and you are no longer there around the clock, the following links can help you prepare for a post-pandemic pet parenting experience.
Before You Adopt
When you decide that you want to adopt an animal, you need to think through this decision carefully. The following resources can help you with this decision, from understanding how the pandemic will affect the process to what you should expect during the first 30 days.
Could the Coronavirus Pandemic Be the Best Time to Adopt a Pet?
Shelter Pets: What You Need to Know
Tips for the First 30 Days of Dog Adoption
Stock Up on Those Supplies and Prepare Your Home
Naturally, you need to have plenty of supplies on hand before your pet arrives home for the first time. That way, you can focus on bonding with your new friend, instead of worrying about running to the store in search of what you’re missing.
Top 20 Dog Essentials That Every Pup Parent Should Own
Cat Adoption Checklist: Everything New Cat Parents Need to Know—and Buy
The Best 13 Online Pet Shops for Your Furry Friends
Best CBD Dog Treats: Top 4 Brands Reviewed
Keep Your Pup Safe by Installing a New Fence (Averages $2,800)
Other Things You’ll Need to Keep in Mind
Taking care of your pet should be of utmost importance. However, arming yourself with knowledge is critical before you get a pet. That way, their behavior won’t catch you by surprise!
Top 5 Steps to Take When Choosing a Good Vet
Getting Your Dog Used to Your New House
Human Foods Dogs Can and Can’t Eat
How to Help With Separation Anxiety in Dogs
Does Leaving Your Pet When You Travel Cause You Inner Turmoil?
Take the time to click through the links above before you make a decision. Remember, although your life may seem a bit simpler now, one day you will go back to work, school, and a familiar routine. Do not adopt an animal unless you know for sure they will fit into your normal.
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Written by Aurora James