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6 Steps for How to Help an Adopted/ Fostered Animal Settle-in

Bringing an animal into a new home can be a big transition. Here are 6 Steps for Helping an Adopted/ Fostered Animal Settle-in, for both the pet and their new family.

1. Give them their own space:

Set up a designated area in your home that will be your pet’s space. This could be a crate, bed, or even just a specific area of the house. Make sure they have access to food, water, toys, and a litter box (if applicable) in this area.

2. Be patient:

It may take some time for your pet to adjust to their new surroundings. Be patient and give them space and time to explore and get comfortable.

3. Stick to a routine:

Consistency is key when it comes to helping your pet settle in. Stick to a routine for feeding, walking, and playtime.

4. Use positive reinforcement:

Reward good behaviour with treats, praise, and affection. This will help your pet feel loved and secure in their new home.

5. Provide plenty of exercise and stimulation:

Dogs and cats need exercise and mental stimulation to stay healthy and happy. Make sure to provide plenty of opportunities for playtime, walks, and other activities.

6. Consider training:

If your new pet has behaviour issues, consider enrolling them in training classes to help them learn good manners and become more comfortable in their new environment.

Remember, adopting or fostering a pet is a big responsibility, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. With patience, love, and plenty of care, you can help your new furry friend settle into their new home and become a cherished member of your family.

If you have adopted a pet from the Destitute Animals Shelter Bolton, and are experiencing difficulties with helping your new furry friend settle in, don’t hesitate to reach out to the shelter for assistance. The staff and volunteers at the shelter are passionate about animal welfare and want to ensure that every pet finds a loving and comfortable home.

The shelter may be able to provide you with resources, and advice, or even arrange a visit to your home to help you address any issues and make adjustments to help your pet settle in. They may also be able to provide you with additional training resources or recommend local trainers or animal behaviorists who can assist you.

Additionally, the shelter may offer post-adoption support or check-ins to ensure that you and your new pet are adjusting well and to address any further concerns or questions you may have.

Don’t be afraid to reach out to the shelter for help. They are there to support you and your pet and want to see you both succeed in your new life together.

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