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After the Adoption

It will take a little time for both you and your new pet to adjust to new routines and expectations after an adoption. Whether you are a new pet owner or a seasoned veteran, below are a few tips to help ensure a positive adoption experience.

  • Stock Up on Supplies – Have the basic supplies on hand before your pet comes home. Shop for food and water bowls or bottles, food, collars, leashes, brushes, crates, cages, carriers, litter, litter box, pooper scooper, bedding, toys and treats.
  • Practice Patience – It will probably take several weeks for your pet to adjust to its new home. Keep in mind that your new pet isn’t having accidents or engaging in behavior you find unacceptable on purpose. Avoid accidents by taking your dog outside when it wakes in the morning, after naps, after eating and before bed. Show your cat the location of litter boxes. If you have a multi-level home, place litter boxes on several levels.
  • Educate Your Dog – Sign up for one of our convenient dog training classes. Classes are held on Saturday mornings and some weekday evenings. Your dog will learn basic commands, such as sit and stay, and the proper way to behave around strangers and other dogs.  To Learn More > Behavior Learning Resources
  • Consider purchasing pet insurance. It can help you make decisions in the future based on what is best for your pet, rather than what you can afford. The Women’s Humane Society has partnered with Petplan Pet Insurance, which makes all adopters eligible for a special offer if they take out a policy!
  • Keep Your Pet Healthy – Regular veterinary visits are an important part of maintaining your pet’s good health. Our Animal Hospital offers affordable care for dogs, cats and small animals. We provide well and sick pet examinations, microchipping, vaccines, flea preventive medication, nail trims, spaying, neutering and other elective surgeries.
  • Schedule Your Appointment - Don’t forget that you’re entitled to a free follow-up examination one week after the adoption!
  • Call Us – Don’t hesitate to call us at 215-750-3100 if you have any questions about your new pet or the adjustment process. We’ll do our best to answer your questions and offer suggestions and solutions.