CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — So you want to adopt a pet, but what’s the adoption process like and what sort of supplies do you need to be ready?
10 On Your Side’s Marielena Balouris went to Chesapeake Animal Services to find out.
There’s a lot that goes into the decision to get a pet — and local shelters want to help you through that process. The first step is to find what you’re looking for.
There’s an application process, meet and greets, spay and neuter procedures and then — if all works out — you may have a new member of your family.
So how should you get ready for an animal to come home?
Dyanna Uchiek with the Chesapeake Humane Society says — make sure you have the basics.
“Get yourself some bowls so you’re ready to feed your pet. Food is super important,” said Uchiek.
Things like toys can come later, she added.
“When I’m bringing a pet home for foster, I always have one of each type of thing, one real hard and chewy, a ball, a stuffy, a tug if its a dog,” Uchiek tells 10 On Your Side. “If I’m getting a big dog, perhaps this tiny tennis ball isn’t a good option, but this is a great option for a smaller breed dog or even a cat.”
It’s also important to make sure you’ve looked around for a nearby vet.
Adopting a pet is a transition for both the adopter and the animal, but if you’re prepared, it makes things easier.
“We have over 33,000 homeless pets in our shelters in the Hampton Roads area,s so there’s a huge need for homes for those animals,” said Uchiek.
If you’re interested in adopting from Chesapeake Animal Services or the Chesapeake Humane Society.