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DOG ADOPTION DAYSTARTER GUIDEGive your new best friendthe welcome they deserveWHAT’S INSIDE:New dog checklistActivities for the dayQuestions to consider 2019 Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. / Trademarks owned by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.

ADOPTION DAY CHECKLISTReady to bring home a new best friend from the shelter? Here’s what you’ll need to have ready.GET READY TO WAIT IN LINEAdoption events can get fairly busy, so here are some items that can help make the wait a little less stressful: Sunscreen in case the sun beats downUmbrella in the event of rainA charged phone and portable battery chargerComfortable shoes should you have to stand fora while Entertainment for you or your children A leash or cat carrier in case the shelter does nothave one for you Proper paperwork, ID, etc. Every shelter has its ownadoption requirements and registration fees, so callor visit online beforehand to skip any unwantedsurprisesPREPARE YOUR HOME AND FAMILY FOR THE NEW ADDITIONDiscuss these questions ahead of time so everyone can give the new pet a warm welcome: Which family members will feed, walk & bathethe pet? Do the kids know how to treat a new pet gently? Will a new pet be an issue with a landlordor roommate? How might other pets in the house be affected? Are there any areas of the home where the petshouldn’t be allowed? Is anyone in the home allergic to fur or saliva?HAVE A VETERINARIAN READYOnce your new friend is home, you’re sure to have some questions about vaccinations,nutritional recommendations and other health issues. If you don’t have a trustedveterinarian already, there’s no better time to find one near you so you can schedule anappointment early.GIVE YOUR NEW PET A FAMILIAR TASTEQuality nutrition is key to a happy, healthy life. Try to continue feeding the food your pet ate at the shelter,or change pet foods gradually to avoid an unnecessary (and possibly messy) stomach upset.GET THE RIGHT MINDSETAdopting a pet is exciting, but it’s also a responsibility. Remember that it will taketime for your new friend to feel comfortable, and a little patience can evolve intoa lot of love and happiness over the years. Have fun, and happy adopting! 2019 Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. / Trademarks owned by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.

QUESTIONS YOU MAY BE ASKEDWHEN ADOPTING A DOGEvery pet shelter has its own set of adoption requirements, but there are a lot of common questionsthey tend to ask to make sure you and your new pet will get along well. Here are some questions youshould be ready to answer to make sure your adoption day goes smoothly. Is this your first time adopting or owning a dog? Inexperienced dog owners often are notsure what questions to ask or what to expect. You may also be asked if you’ve had to return anadopted pet in the past. What is your housing situation (e.g., single-family home, townhouse, condo, apartment)?Some dogs need more space to move around than others. You may also be asked if you have afenced-in backyard or easy access to a dog park. Do you currently: own, rent, or live with a relative/friend? Landlords and roommates may havestrong opinions about pets living on their property. Sometimes they will be contacted to verifythat it is acceptable to have a dog, so make sure to have their contact information ready andavailable. How old are the people living with your new dog? Young children may not yet know how to begentle with a new dog, especially during the excitement of the first few days. Conversely, oldersenior citizens may not be able to handle the energy of a younger dog. It’s helpful to bring thesepeople with you on adoption day if possible to get a sense of how they interact with the newdog. Will this dog live with other pets (e.g., dog, cat, bird, etc.)? It’s important to know thetemperament of your current pets so you can be sure your new addition is a good match. Otherpets may become aggressive or threatened with a new dog around the house. How flexible is your budget? Dogs tend to have their own expenses, including food, supplies,and toys. In case your new dog has special needs or health issues, are you financially preparedto handle them? How much time do you think you’ll be able to spend with your dog each day? If you’re out ofthe home a lot, you’ll probably want to plan for a way to keep your dog from becoming lonely.You might be asked about your work schedule to help the shelter worker understand how longthe dog may spend each day at home alone. Are there any pet behaviors you will not tolerate? Bad habits take time to handle, so ifchewing, barking, etc. is unacceptable in your home, the best time to mention it is duringadoption. Would you adopt a dog with pre-diagnosed health conditions? This does not necessarilymean that this dog will not be great to adopt — it just means they may require special attentionor care.REMEMBER TO COME IN WITH THE RIGHT MINDSETWith all the excitement and anxiety that comes with the first few days, accidents may happen, so bepatient with your dog as they learn their new role in the family. Proper nutrition and regular vet visitscan go a long way in helping keep a dog happy and healthy, so be sure to schedule your vet visitright away. 2019 Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. / Trademarks owned by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.

CAN’T WAIT TO MAKE A NEW CONNECTION?See if you can answer all of the pet-related clues 3438393.Lose excess fur to a pet4.Runt of the , baby groupof pets5.Young cats7.“Who’s a boy?” toa dog9.Play bite to a puppy or kitten10. Place dogs like tobe scratched13. Plaything to a dog3637How many lives a catsupposedly has2730332.222428Ballpark food, or pup lying inthe sun1417181.940414216. To bring home a pet froma shelter17. Dog breed often found atfire stations18. Jump on prey to a cat19. A mouse to a catACROSSHoliday associated withblack cats25. Game you play with a dog3.Place to adopt a pet28. Common cat sound6.Cat got your ?30. Goes around a pet’s neck8.To teach a pet, for example31. “Make biscuits” to a cat,for example1.10. A beagle is a type of dog11.In the dog , in troublefor example12. Reward for a pet14. Gently stroke a dog or cat15. Item to help you walk a dog26. Cat’s nails21. Dry piece of pet food23. A cat’s mustache24. Helps owner find a lost pet25. Bugs that can make pets itch27. Animal dogs might herd29. Bow33. Another word for a dog’s bark30. Group of cats34. To have a dog run after you32. Place to take your pup torun around36. To bathe a pet, for example37. Activity a dog spends most ofday doing18. Baby dog39. Knick-knack paddywhack givea dog a20. Common dog sound40. Dog’s stance, signal to a hunter22. Dog’s tail moves backand forth41. Cat’s motor sounds42. German , commondog breed35. Guide dog its ownerget around36. Daily strolls to a dog38. Container pets eat out of

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25. Game you play with a dog 26. Cat’s nails 28. Common cat sound 30. Goes around a pet’s neck 31. “Make biscuits” to a cat, for example 33. Another word for a dog’s bark 34. To have a dog run after you 36. To bathe a pet, for example 37. Activity a dog spends most of day doing 39. Knick-knack paddywhack give a dog a _ 40.