How To Prepare Your Home For A Pet Adoption Home Visit

Posted on: 20 June 2016

Many pet adoption services require a home visit before a pet can be placed with an adoptive family. These home visits typically require future pet owners to show that they are fully prepared for the arrival of a new pet. The following tips will help you get your home ready for an upcoming visit.

Buy Supplies

Pets need a lot of supplies. When purchasing supplies for your future pet, consider all your pet's needs, including:

  • Food dishes. Your pet will need a food and water dish. When looking for the right food and water containers, consider the size of the pet you're trying to adopt. Small pets will drink and eat from small dishes, while large pets will drink and eat from large dishes. If you already have pets, be sure to purchase a special food dish for the pet you plan to adopt. Do not force your pets to share their food, as this can lead to disputes.
  • Crate. Your pet will need a crate where he or she can be alone to sleep. Put bedding in the crate to make it more comfortable for your future pet, and put the crate in a designated area where your pet will be able to get quiet alone time.
  • Grooming supplies. Pets require a variety of grooming supplies, from shampoos to combs, tooth brushes to claw trimmers. Research the type of grooming supplies that your pet will need based on his or her breed, then purchase the supplies that are recommended.

Pet-Proof Your Place

Pets can get into trouble in a big house. Pet proofing your home will help keep your future pet safe. Here are a few ways that you can pet-proof your property:

  • Put medicine away in the medicine cabinet.
  • Store cleaning products in high-up shelves or lock them away in a cabinet that can't be opened by an animal.
  • Purchase a pet-safe trash container for your kitchen.
  • Roll up any loose electrical cords and put them out of the way.
  • Find out if any of your houseplants are toxic to animals and handle them accordingly. Plants that are toxic must be moved to a location where they cannot be accessed or must be removed from the property.
  • Check to be sure that your garage door safety features are fully operational.

Get a List of Requirements from Your Pet Adoption Organization

Each pet adoption organization may have its own requirements for your pet adoption home visit. Check with the organization before the home visit takes place to ensure that your home will pass inspection. For more information, talk to the organization where you plan to adopt your pet.