What to Expect When Adopting


Choosing the Right Dog or Cat

Bringing a new pet into any home is not only stressful on the animals but on a family as well. Before bringing a new pet into a household, there are several situations to consider.

  • Are we looking for an adult or juvenile pet?

- Puppies and kittens need more time and dedication.

- You can expect chewing on anything left on the floor or within their reach.

- Be sure to keep chew friendly toys around as to teach them what is and isn’t ok.

  • Is there a specific breed we are looking for?

- Research the breed, their habits. traits, life expectancy, health risks, grooming needs and if the breed is good with children or better with adults.

  • Are we financially stable enough to add a new family member to hour household?

- The price of actual adoption is more than just the initial cost of the animal. CAS has low adoption fees but there will be additional costs throughout their lifetime.

- Most families can expect to pay an average of $2,500 a year on each pet.

  • What kind of pet will our schedule allow us to have?

-  If you have a busier schedule a cat would be better because they are more solitary animals.

- If you are wanting a dog you must have the time available to spend with that dog. All sizes need attention, exercise and love which take quite a bit of time.

  • Do the children or any member of the family have any allergies?

- Before bringing home a pet  always make sure every person involved in the home is exposed to the animal with no evidence of allergies.

  • Is the whole family, including children ready for a new fuzzy family member?

- All members of the family must be ready for a new pet. Animals take time, attention and love. All members must be open and willing to care for the new forever friend for the transition to be successful.




  • Do not be surprised if your adoption counselor doesn’t not immediately bring the pet you are interested in. The counselor will probably talk to you about the animal first, then bring them in to visit.
  • Animals may be more interested in the counselor than the potential adopter. If this happens the counselor will leave the visitation room for a short period of time.
  • The counselor may use “shelter terminology”. Please let them know if there is anything at all that you do not understand!
  • You will have to fill out paperwork prior to adopting. All the paperwork is important, please fill it out truthfully and completely.
  • The info the shelter staff gives you is important! It is animal history, microchip info, medical background and tips and tricks to keep in mind.



  • Animals need time to adjust to their new environment – give them more than a couple hours or a single day to adjust!
  • The new pet may act a little bit differently in the home than they did in the shelter. More space, extra smells and new faces can lead anyone to behave a little differently. Just give them time to get used to it all.
  • Often times whining, barking or meowing is a common reaction, especially if they are in a quiet home. This should only last a couple days.
  • All animals will need some re-initiation training to get them back into the flow of potty training. Your pet will have some accidents in the house, please give them at least a week to get acquainted.
  • Sometimes it is recommended to withhold food for the first 24 hours the new pet is home to prevent vomiting and diarrhea from stress.
  • Remember, especially with cats, they may not immediately be friends with the other pets in the home. It is very important to be patient with animals and their friendship limitations.


Bringing a new pet into your home may seem like a lot of work, but using these helpful tips and suggestions will help you make your process easier for you and your family and will also help your new pet stay home with you.