Tips for new pet parents and preparing your home for your furry family.
PetSmart in Kennewick hosted its first adoption event on Saturday since the start of the pandemic, with animals from seven different shelters and rescues in Kennewick, the Tri-Cities and Adams County seeking a “forever” home. If you missed the event, there are still ways for you to find the “perfect” pet.
One way is to use PetFinder which displays animals available from Mikey’s Chance Canine Rescue or PetTango which shares animals from Tri-Cities Animal Shelter, to name a few.
There are hundreds of pets for adoption in Kennewick, of all breeds, ages, shapes and sizes, but how do you know which dog or cat is right for you? Most shelters and shelters help match the animal’s personality and needs with each person’s lifestyle. Animal advocates want to make you and your pet happy because that could be a 10-20 year commitment.
LEARN MORE ABOUT LOCAL SHELTERS / RESCUE: 100 pets for adoption on Saturday at PetSmart in Kennewick
Once you’ve found the right pet for you and your family, there are things you can do to prepare your home before you bring your new furry family home. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) said you should sweep your home and make sure all garbage cans are sealed, all dangerous decorations stored, and make sure all food toxic and cleaning products are out of reach.
ASPCA List for New Pet Owners:
- Put a cozy bed for your pet in each room.
- If you have a cat, try putting double-sided tape or upside down rugs on furniture to keep it from scratching.
- Avoid vertical blinds, pool draperies, ornate tassels and long cords that can become strangulation hazards.
- If you have cats, be sure to install high quality metal screens on all windows.
- It may be a good idea to roll up and store decorative rugs until your new dog is fully house-trained.
- Provide your new cat with a variety of scratching posts and perches.
- Use dog cages and gates to confine your new dog when he’s home alone until his good manners earn him unattended freedom.
- Provide lots of “legal” things for your dog to chew on. If he has his own attractive toys and bones, he will be much less likely to eat away at your stuff!
- Make sure the plants in and around your home are not toxic to pets.
For additional tips for caring for your cat or dog, you can visit the ASPCA website for helpful resources.
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