Adopting a pet from an animal shelter is an exciting and rewarding experience. However, it’s important for potential adopters to have realistic expectations and understand the process involved. This article aims to provide insights into what adopters should expect during and after the adoption process, with a particular focus on giving the animal time to decompress and acclimate to new schedules and surroundings.
During the Adoption Process:
Application and screening: TAPS requires all potential adopters to complete an application and undergo a screening process. This will involve reference checks, calls to previous veterinarians if you’ve previously owned a pet before, and confirmation with your landlord that there are no restrictions if you rent.
In order to adopt a pet, you must be (1) 21 years of age or older, (2) have the knowledge and consent of all adults living in your household, (3) possess a valid I.D. with proof of current address, (4) have a source of steady income, and (5) understand that all applications must be reviewed and approved by TAPS personnel before an adoption can take place. Further, before approval can be given, a 24- to 48-hour waiting period may be necessary to allow for a veterinarian check, address verification, and/or a home visit.
After completing and submitting the adoption application, our front desk will begin the review process, which may take several days based on a variety of factors including but not limited to animal availability, reference, and landlord response. Applications for pets in foster homes are at the discretion of the foster home. If you have not received any feedback within 72 hours, please call the front desk at (309) 353-8277 x104 to leave a message. A front desk representative will contact you with an update. Once contacted, you will be asked to schedule a time to meet with the dog or cat and we ask that all family members come to that appointment as well as other dogs in the home.
All this is done to ensure the family is the best fit for the dog or cat of interest. Our front desk staff will answer any questions you have and give you time to visit with them. Sometimes follow up appointments are necessary to ensure it truly is a good fit.
After the Adoption:
Bringing a shelter animal into a new home can be overwhelming for both the adopter and the pet. It’s important to understand that the animal may need time to decompress and adjust to its new environment. Some pets may exhibit stress-related behaviors initially, such as hiding, not eating, or being more vocal. Patience and understanding are crucial during this transitional phase.
Building a bond with a newly adopted pet takes time and effort. Allow the animal to approach you at its own pace, and provide a calm and secure environment. Engage in positive interactions, such as gentle petting and play, to foster trust and strengthen the bond between you and your new companion.
Pets thrive on routine, so it’s important to establish consistent schedules for feeding, exercise, and bathroom breaks. This helps them feel secure and understand what is expected of them. Gradually introduce any changes to their routine to minimize stress.
Depending on the animal’s background and previous experiences, training and socialization may be necessary. Enroll in obedience classes or seek professional training if needed. Socialize your pet gradually, exposing them to various people, animals, and environments in a positive and controlled manner.
Remember, every pet is unique, and the adjustment period can vary. Be patient, understanding, and committed to providing a loving and caring home for your newly adopted animal. The rewards of adopting a shelter pet are immeasurable, and with time, patience, and dedication, you can create a strong and lasting bond with your furry companion.