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Adopting A Shelter Pet

April 15, 2023

Did you know that April 30th is Adopt A Shelter Pet Day? We’re always happy when shelter pets get adopted. Fido and FLuffy really only want someone to love them and care for them! A local San Antonio, TX vet discusses some of the ins and outs of adopting a shelter pet in this article. 


There’s definitely no shortage of reasons to consider adopting your furry pal through a shelter. First and foremost, you’ll be giving that one sweet pet a loving home. Every animal deserves to be treated with kindness and compassion, from massive elephants to teeny-tiny gerbils. Helping even one is definitely something you can feel great about. Many people find adopting a shelter pet to be a very beautiful and rewarding experience. You’ll also save some money: shelters are much cheaper than going through a breeder or pet store. Plus, you’ll be promoting good animal welfare. 

Things To Consider 

Shelter pets have all been through something. That doesn’t always mean neglect: for instance, a pampered pet may have ended up in the shelter because their owner passed. However, the shelter environment is very traumatic for all of them, as is being rehomed. Make sure that you’re ready to commit to providing your four-legged pal with great care for the rest of their life. 

Finding Your Furry Friend 

It’s not always easy picking just one pet out of a lineup of adorable furry faces. Shelters offer a wide variety of pets, all of different breeds, sizes, and temperaments. Just spend some time with Fido and Fluffy before signing the papers. Adoption is a forever promise!

Coming Home 

If possible, have everything ready for your new friend before you bring them home. Your shopping list should include toys, treats, bedding, dishes, and a pet first-aid kit. Dogs also need a leash and a good harness or collar, while kitties require a litterbox and litter. You may want to set your pet up in a quiet place for the first few days. Your new pal may sleep a lot at first: this is normal. Being in a shelter is very stressful and scary, so it’s normal for Fido and Fluffy to need time to relax and decompress. You’ll get those purrs and tail wags in no time! 

Please feel free to contact us, your local San Antonio, TX veterinary clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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North Star Animal Hospital