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RESCUE:
not just a verb, it's a promise.

POST ADOPTION SUPPORT

We are here for you even after you adopt. We are happy to talk you through any challenges you are facing with your newly-adopted animal and to brainstorm ideas to make your new pet more comfortable in their new home. And, of course, we always love to chat and hear how your new cat or dog is doing. If you are experiencing difficulty in any way, please give us a call. We may have tips or insight based on our knowledge of your cat or dog.

* Please note: updates from you are required and are a part of the adoption process.

INTEGRATION

We recommend a two-week slow integration into your home. Your newly adopted cat or dog will be nervous and will need some time to adjust. Please give your new pet a special place to get acclimated, where they feel safe and are far away from other pets, smells, and small children.

Cats should be confined to a room with their litter box, food, and water. This will become the cat’s home base. When they are allowed to begin exploring the rest of the home for short periods of time, they will know where to return to use their litter box. If there are other pets in the home we recommend scent swapping; a bed or blanket from your resident pet should be put in the room with the new cat and vice versa.

For dogs, we always think of the 3 3 3 rule. Three days to begin decompression, three weeks to learn the routine, and three months to feel at home. Take it slow. It’s okay if they don’t eat for the first day or if they just want to sleep, or perhaps they’re bouncing off the walls. The dog in your home the first week or two is probably not the dog you will have for the long run. If they don’t act as described in their adoption bio or foster parent’s description, they are likely nervous, excited, or overwhelmed. Patience and consistency are key in the first couple of weeks!

TRAINING

Seeking help from a trainer can deepen the bond between you and your dog to make the transition smoother and to set you up for a happy and close relationship with your new furry friend. We highly recommend hiring a professional trainer in the first few weeks. With even a couple of sessions or classes, you can walk away with the tools you need to continue training at home. Some trainers will come to your home, others offer group classes in parks, some will board the dog in their home, and some will have you visit a training facility. Keep in mind, there are many methods of training, so do your research before looking for the perfect match for you and your pup. *See our upcoming blog to learn tips about how to find that perfect trainer.