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To help your new friend start off on the right foot, here is a list of helpful things to have ready before bringing her home:

  • A crate or kennel for dogs or a transport carrier for cats. 
  • Bed
  • Food and water bowls
  • Collar - A safety/break-away collar cats or a standard collar for dogs. 
  • Food - Science Diet is the food commonly used at the adoption center. Sometimes mixing the new food with the familiar food helps with the transition. 
  • A leash (dogs) - Your adoption counselor will discuss walking equipment with you during your interview, but a sturdy nylon leash (not a retractable) and a non-slip collar will be basic equipment to start with.

Adoption and Animal Care Tips:

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting an Animal
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Tips for Bringing Home Your New Dog
You fell in love at the adoption center, submitted your application, adopted an amazing dog… now what? 
Follow these tips to make sure that you are prepared to welcome home your new family member and ease their transition.

Bunny Care Tips Part One: Think Before You Hop
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Bunny Care Part Two: Home Sweet Home
If you live in an apartment in the city, your bunny will more than likely live indoors, and if you live in a house or a more rural area, there are a specific set of concerns for housing your rabbit outside... Click here to read more. 

Bunny Care Part Three: Are Your Kids Ready for a Rabbit?
Before you bring a bunny home to your kids, think about what age your child would most enjoy a companion rabbit... Click here to read more. 

Behavior and Training Tips

Sign up for a workshop on how to build a successful relationship with your dog. The workshops will be conducted on the following dates:
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Sunday, July 13, 2014 

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