Adopting A Shelter Dog: Day One

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! If you’re adopting your new furry friend from a shelter, you definitely have our support. We love seeing our canine pals get second chances. In this article, an Aurora, CO vet offers advice on bringing Fido home.

Be Prepared

Before the big day, make sure you have everything Fido will need. Good food, a comfy bed and lots of toys should be at the top of the list. Your pooch will also need treats, of course, as well as grooming supplies, dishes, a good leash, a collar or harness, a jacket, and waste baggies.

Take A Walk

Before you bring your pooch into your home, take him for a walk around the block. This will help him burn off some excess energy and ‘reset’ a bit. If you have another pup, take them for a stroll together. It’s worth noting that if you’re adopting a second or third dog, it’s really important to do meet-and-greets beforehand, so you can tell if your canine companions will get along.


Make your home safe for Fido by removing or securing anything that could be dangerous. This includes toxic plants; chemicals; medications; plastic bags and wrappers; wires and cords; and anything small or sharp. If you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is sturdy, and your canine companion can’t go over or under it.

Let Your Pooch Rest

If possible, put Fido’s things in a quiet back room. This will give him a comfy place to just relax and settle in. Your furry buddy may sleep a lot at first. Being in a shelter can be very stressful for dogs, so your new pet may need to recoup.

Make An Appointment

One of the first things on your agenda should be making an appointment with the vet. You’ll want to be sure your pooch is fixed, microchipped, and current on his exams, vaccines, and parasite control. This is a great time to get some specific advice on Fido’s care needs!

Let Love Grow

Some dogs will immediately realize they’ve been adopted, and will bound about in sheer joy. Others are more timid, and may need time to adjust. Focus on giving Fido great TLC. You’ll have that tail going in no time!

Please reach out to us, your Aurora, CO vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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