Ruff & Ready Road Map

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Thinking about adopting a new pet from a shelter? That’s great! When you adopt from a shelter, you are saving two lives—both the animal you take home and the one that can take the space you’ve made available.

We’re here to help you on this adventure. Our Ruff & Ready Road Map is packed with important information to help you and your new furry friend arrive at a happy and healthy destination—together.

READY: You’re ready to adopt a pet

  1. What to consider
  2. How to choose a new pet 

SET: You’re set to bring your new friend home

  1. What to get
  2. How to prepare your home
  3. What to do if you have children 
  4. What to do if you have another pet 

GO: Time to go home

  1. What should you do the first day
  2. What should you do the first week
  3. What should you do the first month
  4. When should I get my new pet spayed/neutered?
  5. After the first month
  6. How to socialize your new puppy