Are you thinking about getting a pet? If so, April 30th is the perfect day  - you can participate in National Adopt-A-Shelter-Pet Day! Millions of companion animals are looking for forever homes in shelters all across the country. Adopting a furry friend from your local animal shelter will give you all the joy and happiness you've been looking for!

While you could certainly adopt a companion animal any time of the year, the special day aims to raise awareness of the number of pets currently in need of pet parents to avoid euthanasia. The unfortunate reality is that local animal shelters have a limited amount of resources to cover expenses and foster pet parents just don't have the space to save every animal.

With that in mind, adopting a companion animal from a shelter gives the pet a chance to be happy and live a long, healthy life. Plus, there are few relationships that are as unconditional and strong than that of the bond between an owner and pet. Pet parents know that their devoted furry friends will be there for them if they are sad, happy, sick, healthy or moody – pets are a great source of long-term companionship. Since there are a few weeks until the annually celebrated day arrives, you have plenty of time to prepare for an adoption. Below are some tips to get everything you need ready if you decide to adopt!

What Kind Of Pet Do You Want?

Animal shelters are typically full of both cats and dogs, so it really comes down to what type of pet you would like to join your family. But, you need to consider which animal will best fit your lifestyle and schedule. You need to keep in mind that cats and dogs require different types of care and attention. For instance, dogs need to be taken outside for potty breaks, whereas cats typically use the litterbox. These are the types of considerations that prospective pet parents need to factor in when choosing between a cat and a dog.

Purchase Pet Supplies

As a general rule of thumb, you want to make sure you purchase pet supplies online before you bring your pet home from the shelter. These essentials include grooming supplies like brushes, pet shampoo, vitamins, and supplements, as well as flea and tick medication. Additionally, you will need food and water bowls, toys, a pet bed, a collar, a leash, a litterbox and other necessities for your new pet.

Spend Time With Your New Pet

When you first arrive home with your new cat or dog, it may take some time for them to get assimilated to their new surroundings, so your pet may be shy in the very beginning. With that said, spend ample time with your new addition so they can feel comfortable and loved, and before you know it, you'll see their full personality! If you've adopted an older shelter pet, they may already be eager to play, so be prepared to provide endless entertainment.

Are you ready to adopt a shelter pet?