It may be a good idea to wait until you select your new dog before you begin shopping for supplies. For example, some items, such as food and water bowls or collars and harnesses, depend upon the size of the dog you will be adopting. Also, be sure to find out which food your dog was eating in the shelter or foster home so that you can provide the same in the beginning, again to ease the transition. After the dog has settled in, talk with your veterinarian about switching to the food of your choice. Once you’ve selected your dog, here’s a checklist of supplies you may need:
Necessary Items for Dogs:
Unexpected costs: Accidents and illness can result in costly emergency veterinary care. Recovery tools for finding a missing dog can include posters and rewards. A dog with special physical or behavioral challenges may require specialized professional support to overcome any obstacles these issues present. For more on typical dog care costs visit Annual Dog Care Costs by PetFinder. A rescue/shelter will charge an adoption fee. The adoption fee you pay will be a tiny fraction of the money you will spend over the life of your dog. Most of these expenses are mandatory for all dogs:
Adopting a pet comes with numerous advantages including, but not limited to:
There are all different breeds and species of pets waiting for their forever homes. Did you know…
We encourage you to read more about other adoption myths at PetFinder.
As you begin your search for a new family member, there are a few important things to keep in mind. Most importantly, you need to think through what will be a good fit for both your family and the pet. Thinking through the lifestyle and needs of both your family and your future pet will help ensure you find the right companion.
Here are some important considerations to help you and your family identity some of the qualities you would like in a new companion animal:
There are many more possible considerations — gender, allergies, etc. — so the best way to help ensure your family makes the best decision is to consult an adoption counselor at your local shelter or rescue. They will be able to help you narrow in on selecting a pet that will match your lifestyle, while also ensuring your lifestyle matches the needs of the pet.
Good luck in your search!