Adopting a New Pet
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Adopting a New Pet

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Finding Cats and Dogs for Adoption

Local Animal Shelters

Local animal shelters and rescue organizations like Humane Rescue Alliance are a great place to find cats and dogs available for adoption. Our rescue teams work daily with homeless pets to provide them with food, shelter, and medical attention, but for these cats and dogs, a forever home full of love and attention is the best gift they could ever hope for. Saving a life and providing a safe home for animals who have been confiscated from abusive owners or who have been homeless their entire lives are appreciative to have a warm bed and food, and they’ll shower you with gratefulness for years to come if you open your home to them.

Why Adopting is Better than Shopping

Have you heard the phrase “adopting is better than shopping?” In addition to saving a life, adopting from a shelter has many benefits for pet owners as well. Shelter animals are often already spayed/neutered, or the cost for this procedure is already covered. They also have been tested for heartworms and other medical conditions and have received medical attention as needed before being placed into adoption, while dogs purchased from breeders may be kept in unsafe or unsanitary living conditions, and they could bring fleas and diseases into your home that can be picked up by other people and pets.

Pets for Adoption Near Me

We currently have dozens of animals in need of safe homes. If you’re considering adding a new pet to your family, view our cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, and other animals available for adoption today.




3 Ways to Prepare Your Home for a New Pet

Before Fido and friends ever make it through your front door, there are a few things you should do to prepare your home for your new pet. If you have children or other pets living at home, this is especially important, since you’ll want to consider the needs of those already living inside the home in addition to your new members. Here are our top three tips for preparing your home for a new pet.

1. Pet-Proof Your Home

Before your new pet walks through the door of their forever home for the first time, you should take the following steps to ensure the safety of your new family member as well as others currently living in the home. Be mindful of introducing new pets to family, friends, and other animals, and do everything you can to remove safety hazards and potential dangers, including

  • Remove poisonous plants from your home and outdoor areas

  • Cover and put away wires, cables, and cords

  • Put trash in a location that is not easily accessible

  • Make sure medications and potentially harmful substances are put away

Which plants are poisonous to cats and dogs?

There are several plant varieties you may have in and around your home that can be harmful if ingested by a cat or a dog, including:

  • Autumn Crocuses

  • Azaleas

  • Buttercups

  • Daffodils

  • Elderberries

  • English Ivy

  • Foxglove

  • Holly

  • Hyacinths

  • Irises

  • Laurels

  • Lilies

  • Mistletoe

  • Morning Glories

  • Oleanders

  • Poinsettias

  • Rhubarbs

  • Sago Palms

  • Tulips

  • Wisteria

  • Wild Radishes

2. Choose a Veterinarian

Choosing a veterinarian for your pet is another important factor to consider when adding a pet to the family. Do your research, read reviews online, and ask for recommendations from friends and family to find a veterinarian that offers a variety of modern technology and services and provides quality care for your furry friends.

If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, you can take advantage of Humane Rescue Alliance’s veterinarian clinics and services, including a veterinarian clinic, affordable spay and neuter services, and veterinary vaccination clinics that offer affordable vaccines, microchipping, custom ID tags, and more.




3. Invest in Puppy Training and Behavioral Classes

If you value your belongings and your patience, it’s certainly worth investing in puppy training and behavioral classes for your puppy or new dog. In addition to the basics like potty training and “sit” and “stay,” puppy training and behavioral classes will teach your dog a number of important skills, including:

  • How to properly interact with other animals to prevent fighting and aggressiveness

  • How to properly greet other people without jumping or clawing

  • How to follow your commands and understand submissiveness

  • How to avoid distractions when necessary for safety and security

  • How to be patient and wait for instruction from his or her owner

  • How to understand when to be calm and when it’s okay to play

Working with a professional dog trainer can also strengthen the bond between you and your new friend. He or she will learn to trust you, obey you, and love you.



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