MUSCATINE, Iowa–Spring offers a time of new beginnings. For many individuals and families, this could come in the form of adopting a shelter pet. For those looking for their first furry friend, the process of bringing a new cat or dog into their home could seem daunting. Muscatine Humane Society Director Chris McGinnis shares some information to help people prepare to welcome a shelter pet.
When thinking about what kind of a pet to adopt, McGinnis encourages people to think about their habits and lifestyles. Dogs require a significant amount of exercise and must go out several times a day to relieve themselves. Cats on the other hand require less physical activity and use an indoor litterbox, which takes less time and work to maintain.
Once you know what kind of animal you would like to adopt, McGinnis encourages you to look at all of the Humane Society’s available pets by visiting their page on the Pet Finder website. When you find a pet you would like to meet, you may then request an application from the Humane Society by emailing them or calling them at 563-263-7358.
The application helps the Humane Society make sure each person or family who adopts a pet finds one well suited to them. The Humane Society observes all their animals to see how they interact with other pets and children, and looks into their backgrounds whenever possible, to help recommend them to the best possible homes.
Once the Humane Society accepts your application, you may schedule a private appointment to meet with the pet you had in mind. This allows everyone to get to know each other while still following COVID-19 safety precautions.
After you bring your furry friend home, it may take some time for them to feel comfortable in their new surroundings. With some patience and love from you though, they will warm up and take to their fur-ever home. “Pets offer companionship and unconditional love,” said McGinnis: “They are always happy to see you when you arrive home. They offer company to a lonely person and they are a valued family member to a family. Pets can also teach responsibility.”