Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Did you know that April 30 is Adopt A Shelter Pet Day? We love seeing shelter pets go to great home! Here, a Somerville, MA vet discusses adopting a shelter pet.

Benefits of Adopting A Shelter Pet

There are many wonderful benefits to adopting from a shelter. For one thing, you’ll be giving that one special pet a second chance. You’ll also be helping other sweet animals that need forever homes, both by freeing up some space at the shelter and by supporting the shelter financially.

Picking Your New Pal

It can be daunting to try to choose from all of those adorable furry faces! Spend some time with your potential pet before making a final decision, and ask the shelter staff if they have any information about your furry buddy’s background. Adopting is a lifetime commitment!


You’ll need to pick up a few things before the big day. Your shopping list should include bedding, toys, treats, food, dishes, and grooming supplies. Fluffy will need a litterbox and some cat furniture, while Fido will need a leash and collar or harness. We recommend putting these things in a quiet back room, such as a spare bedroom, at first. This will give your new buddy a safe, quiet spot to relax and settle in.


Make your home safe for your pet by removing anything that could be dangerous. This includes toxic plants, plastic bags and ties, small or sharp objects, chemicals, medicine, and other hazards. If you have a yard for Fido to play in, make sure your fencing is secure. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate.

Veterinary Care

A trip to the vet’s is definitely in order. While most shelter pets are spayed or neutered and current on parasite control and vaccinations, you’ll want to schedule a thorough, nose-to-tail exam. This is a great time to ask about care requirements!

Settling In

Being in a shelter is both scary and stressful for pets. Don’t be surprised if your furry friend sleeps a lot as they recuperate. Don’t force attention on your furry pal at first. Just focus on offering great care. Food, treats, and toys will help you gain the trust of a wary pet. With good care and TLC, you’ll have tail wags or purrs in no time!

Please call us, your Somerville, MA pet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help.

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