You’re ready to open up your home to a new furry friend. We’re proud of you for adopting! #AdoptDon’tShop

Can't wait to adopt the next member of my fur family!!!
Can't wait to adopt the next member of my fur family!!!

In all seriousness...adopting an animal is a big responsibility, and pets are not temporary fixtures in your life. We love new pet parents, and want to help you be the BEST parent possible, so we’re going to help you get started with the adoption basics.

Step 1: Write down all of the expenses involved

It’s easy to get ahead of yourself when you’ve saved enough money for the initial adoption costs. But, pets are expensive (it’s like having a kid!). Here’s some costs to consider: grooming, wellness, food, toys, emergencies, Insurance, etc. But have you considered your work schedule? Do you need a dog walker? Make sure to take a deep dive into the costs to insure you can afford your new furry friend.

Step 2: Consider your lifestyle

Besides cost of care, the next most important thing to think deeply about is your lifestyle and schedule. Having a pet is a commitment and once the excitement phase wears off, many pet owners realize they don’t have the time to give a pet the attention they need. Make sure to consider this before bringing a new pet into your home, as they will inevitably fall in love with you!

Step 3: Find a shelter in your area

You’ve thought about the commitment and cost of having a pet. Yay! Now it’s time to find your new best friend. But where? Petfinder has a comprehensive list of shelters that you filter by your location. This is a great place to start! Another place to find a new pet is at local adoption events that typically take place on Saturdays. If you’re less selective about the age and breed, these events are a great way to connect with a pet in-person.

Step 4: Make your pet feel at homeThe adjustment into a new home can be tricky, so be patient with your new pet. It is overwhelming for pets to be in a new environment, and it’s important that you make them feel at home in their new space. At Wagmo, we offer tons of resources for new pet parents to guide you through the in’s and out’s of new pet parenthood. Reach out to us with any questions - we love chatting about all things cats and dogs!