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Tips for Adopting a Shelter Pet

April 15, 2019

April 30th is Adopt A Shelter Pet Day! Of course, we’re always happy to see shelter pets going to good homes. Giving that one lucky animal a second chance can be a very beautiful and rewarding experience! In this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, a local vet discusses adopting shelter pets.

Don’t Overlook The Imperfect Pets

Keep an open mind—and an open heart—when looking for your new four-legged friend. Many sweet and loving pets are passed up because they have disabilities, or are old or timid. Sometimes these lovable furballs make the best pets!

Consider Your Other Pets

If you have other pets, keep them in mind when choosing their new roommate. If you have a senior cat, for example, a rambunctious kitten may be too much for her.

Spend Some Time Together

Spend some time with your potential pet before making a final decision. When you adopt a pet, you’re signing on for years of pet parenting, so it’s important to make the right choice.

Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions about your furry friend’s history or breed. You may find out more than you expected!

Consider Adopting Buddies

Animals can form very close bonds with one another. Sometimes pets that have grown up together end up in shelters. It’s also possible for pets to bond while they are at the shelter. If you see two buddies or siblings up for adoption, consider taking them both. This is also something to think about if you’re adopting a puppy or kitten. Your furry pals will grow up together, and will offer each other company and cuddles.

Prepare For Mishaps

Pets aren’t perfect, any more than we are. Your new furry companion may have a few bad habits, or need additional training. Be prepared to face a few bumps in the road.


We recommend having everything your new pet will need ready and waiting before you bring them home. However, you may want to wait until you’ve made a final decision before going shopping. A senior cat will have different needs than a kitten, and a large dog will require different supplies than a Chihuahua would.

Do you have any questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet clinic, serving Louisville and surrounding areas.