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After Adopting

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General Tips 

Moving to a new home can be stressful for any pet. Some pets can experience stomach upset and diarrhea, and even a house-trained/ litter-trained pet may have accidents. Some will shy away from you for a while until you earn their trust. Be patient; it could take anywhere from three days to three months for your new pet to settle in.

Try to keep in mind that although it’s exciting to have a new pet in your life, this doesn’t mean try taking them on errands or to all your social activities immediately. Some animals will need time to trust you and relax before going out into the world.

Below are some resources and tips, but please keep in mind that this is not comprehensive. The best idea is always to consult with your veterinarian or a behavior specialist for their recommendations.



Bringing Your New Dog Home

Bringing Home a New Cat or Kitten

Tips for the First 30 Days with Dogs

Tips for the First 30 Days with Cats

When You Are Expecting A Rescue Dog

When You Are Expecting A Rescue Cat

So you’ve brought home a new dog…

Adopting Your First Cat & Cat Care Tips

Caring for Your New Dog

Helping Your Cat Adjust to a New Home


If your pet is outside for any length of time, please keep the following in mind.


  • Leash laws apply to both cats and dogs.
  • Dogs must have access to water and be able to reach/drink the water, which needs to be reasonably free of algae blooms, dirt, and any other debris.
  • Dogs need to have access to a structure that protects them from the elements. The structure provides a solid floor that is large enough for the animal to rest comfortably. Shelters cannot have wire, grid, or slat floors that doesn’t protect the paws or toes from injury. The animal's paws cannot be able to pass through any openings and the floor shouldn’t sag under their weight. In addition, the structure should be a healthy, sanitary environment.
  • Dogs must have food that they can reach/eat, and cannot have mold, be soggy, or be otherwise inedible.
  • An acceptable tether needs to have a swivel at each end of it and needs to be attached to the dog by a harness or properly fitted collar. The tether cannot be attached to a dog by a choke collar, prong collar, or chain used as a collar. Chain is prohibited for purposes of a tether restraint. The tether must not interfere with the dog's access to water, food and shelter.
  • A dog, cat, or Miniature pig over the age of (3) months within the City limits needs to be vaccinated with either a rabies (dogs and cats) or erysipelas (for mini pigs) vaccine by a licensed veterinarian. Miniature pigs should be vaccinated at one-year intervals from the initial date of first vaccination. Dogs and cats should be vaccinated at the ages and intervals specified by regulations. The owner will be given a metal tag stamped with a number and expiration year. Dogs and cats need to wear the current rabies vaccination tag issued at all times. Miniature pig owners have to be able to provide proof of vaccination.
  • Female dogs or cats in heat must be kept confined in a building, veterinary hospital, or boarding kennel to where no other dog or cat should be able come into contact with them.