Picture of Dog and owner holding hands

Pet Adoption

For many years, VCA Animal Hospitals has been actively serving the community. Supporting and promoting pet adoption from local animal shelter and rescue organizations is all part of our mission to help increase the number of adopted animals placed in good homes. By working together with shelter organizations, VCA is able to provide shelter pets with expert pet healthcare and the support to make a difference. Pets bring out the love in all of us.

Getting Your New Pet Settled

Transition is part of every adoption. To help you and your new pet adjust, we’ve created a list of easy-to-follow recommendations. Once your pet is settled, everyone will feel right at home.

Kindness counts

Your new pet may have suffered a traumatic experience, and going from a strange new shelter to a strange new home may be overwhelming. Kindness, patience and understanding will help ease your pet into the family.

"I'm scared!" Like people, pets can feel nervous and afraid in new surroundings. If this occurs, place your pet in a small quiet room with food and water. With a cat, add a litter box. Keep small children away and give your pet plenty of time to adjust.

Expect mistakes

Even the best-trained pet can make a mistake in a new home. Again, patience is key. If you notice your new pet struggling to find a pet door or litter box, help him. As the saying goes, "This too shall pass."

Expect behavior problems

Every pet comes with a set of rules. They may not be your rules, but over time, your pet will learn what kind of behavior you expect and respond appropriately. Until then, give your pet plenty of love and praise. Remember, change takes time.

Things can get touchy

New pets may resist being held and picked up in the first few days. This is especially true with small children. When this occurs, step back and let your pet take the lead. Animals crave attention but too much can feel overwhelming.

How long will this take?

Adoption is a lifetime commitment so it may take a couple of weeks before everyone is feeling the love. Don’t worry. Your pet’s affectionate nature will soon come out.

Pet Supplies You'll Need

Pets come with responsibilities. And while it’s important to supply lots of love, it’s also important to supply quality food, an ID tag with your name and phone number, even toys. Use our checklist to help you prepare.

Dog Supplies

  • Dog food (ask your veterinarian for recommendations)
  • Bowls for water and food
  • Leash and collar Identification tag with your name and phone number
  • Pet bed
  • Dog crate or carrier
  • Lots of toys
  • Pet brush
  • Nail clipper
  • Treats
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Dental chews

Cat Supplies

  • Cat food (ask your veterinarian for recommendations)
  • Bowls for water and food
  • Litter pan
  • Kitty litter
  • Odor neutralizer
  • Brush or comb
  • Nail clipper
  • Collar Identification tag with your name and phone number
  • Cat crate or carrier
  • Pet bed
  • Catnip
  • Dental chews
  • Scratching Post

Give Your Pet a Healthy Start

At VCA Animal Hospitals, caring for your pet is not just our profession. It’s our passion. Your pet’s health and happiness starts with a through wellness exam. Make an appointment today.

Loading.. Please wait