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Adopt A New Friend

Updated: May 6

Cuddling a puppy
Dog Cuddle

Adopting a Cat or Dog is a great way of giving a pet a Second chance at life.

Every Pet deserves a home that is safe and loving with a nurturing environment so that they have the best possible start in life. All pets in shelters need a new home, why not rescue one from there, instead of a Pet Shop, and give them a chance.

Pet adoption can be a life-changing experience for the animal, as well as the family who welcome them into their home - a pet that will stay with them for years to come.

There are lots of Shelters and Refuge homes locally, that do great work and take pride in helping to connect animals in need of a loving home, with people who are looking for a furry companion. Most Shelters are not-for-profit and have teams dedicated to providing a safe and reliable process for families to find their perfect pet. The Pawstry Box has helped a few Rescue and Shelters, by donating our delicious pupcakes and treats to raise much-needed funds. To name a few, WA Pet Project, Retriever Rescue WA, Safe Metro Foster Carers, and recently Free the Hounds.

Choosing to adopt a pet is an exciting time, however, there are a few things to consider-

Selecting your Pet. Matching the right pet to their 'pawrents' is an important step, make sure you know what type of dog or cat is suitable for you and your family. Take time to pick the right one for you, and get to know its background (if available, as some pets are just abandoned ), it's needs, temperament etc.

It's a good idea to show pictures of your home, and backyard, so the shelter/refuge home knows what kind of environment the pet is going to be living in.

Adoption process. Each shelter requires an adoption form to be filled in and maybe a cooling-off period to ensure you have made the right choice. They take the time to get to know their animals and understand the unique personalities and needs of each one. While also taking the time to get to know the prospective owners, so that they can make sure the pet and family are well-matched. Shelters and refuge homes are committed to helping you find the perfect addition to your family.

Bringing your Pet home. Yay! you are a new Mum/Dad to a new furry pet, this is a wonderful, exciting experience. The new pet may feel unsure or scared of its new environment, reassure them that they are safe and loved. Remember this is all new to them as well as it is to you. Be prepared to teach the newest member of your family about its new surroundings, and educate them about the various aspects of life with you. like play, feed, sleep, walk, etc.

Bonds between animals and pets last forever, so make it a memorable one!

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