Before You Adopt

Categories: Pet Behavior Advice

before you adopt

So, you are finally ready to adopt a pet. What should you expect from the adoption process? Kevin McManus, the adoptions supervisor at PHS, answers a few important questions.

What should potential adopters consider before adopting a pet at PHS?

We are here to find the best match possible between adopters and the animals in our care. Keep in mind that a pet’s personality is way more important than its looks. It’s best to try to find a pet that will fit into your lifestyle. If you run five miles a day, then that nine-month-old boxer mix might be a great match.  If you are a couch potato, the eight-year-old tabby could be a great TV watching companion.

How long does the whole process take?

We say that it’s best to allocate at least 30-45 minutes for the counseling process. It can take longer if you need to do a meet-and-greet with your current pets. If the pet you’re adopting is already spayed or neutered, he or she can go home with you the same day.  If not, it can be two or three days until your new pet is ready to go home.

What if there is a waitlist for the animal I want to adopt?

Sometimes we have a new arrival that is very popular, so we will create a waitlist of interested adopters. Instead of placing all your hopes on that one pet, my advice is to look around for an animal that is currently available for adoption. They are just as likely to be great pets in your home. If you are sure that the pet with the waitlist is the one you can’t live without, call the adoptions office on the day the animal is available for adoption and be prepared to come to the shelter on that day.

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