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Please Be Patient

Pet adoption is heartwarming and exciting, but the adopting person/family needs to be well-prepared for this experience. Our animals have become used to the shelter routine; thus, patience is a key when the pet goes to its new home. Our animals have become accustomed to certain shelter activities (feeding, walks, etc.) at certain times; some pets will adjust quicker to a new routine than others, so patience is of utmost importance.

If the pet’s name has been changed, it may take a while for the pet to adjust, so repeat the name often so that the pet will become accustomed to hearing it. Even if the name has not changed, the name should be used often so that trust and bonding can take place. The pet’s name should not be used as part of scolding. It would be better to say, “Bad dog” or bad cat,” rather than “Bad Fido” or Bad Fluffy”.

Housebreaking some dogs is more difficult than others. Again, be very patient. This training involves a great responsibility for the new owner(s). If housebreaking is to be successful, the dog must be let outside on a regular basis, so he/she learns that potting in the house is unacceptable. The dog is not to be blamed for an accident if the caretaker(s) do not let him/her outside often enough.

Cats from the shelter have been litter trained, but he/she needs to be made aware of where the litter box is located and have constant access to it. The first few days in a new home, the cat should be placed in the litter box several times so it becomes familiar with its location. Facts show that if you have your cat declawed there is a chance that he/she will quit using the litter box due to pain.

If there are other pets in the home, it may take a while for bonding or tolerance to take place. Again, patience is needed. Oftentimes, cats are less quick to bond or tolerate other animals than dogs are. Given time and understanding, most cats will eventually tolerate one another. Pet owners should avoid giving up on their pets too soon.

Pets are quite patient with humans. There are so many things that pets cannot easily tell us but they are patient enough to wait until we somehow get the message. They do not shun us, dislike us, disown us, or punish us because of it. Animals give us their unconditional love daily and we expect owners to do the same. Pets are not always perfect; neither are humans.

This brief letter cannot possibly speak to all potential situations that might arise. If any help or advice is needed with the adjustment of your new pet, please contact the HHS, we will be happy to talk with you.

Patience is key. The result will be a lifetime bond of love and loyalty between you and your pet. God bless all creatures great and small.

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