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Things You Will Need

The GBHS would like to aid you not only in the adoption process, but also in the pre-adoption process. Before you are ready to bring a new pet into the family, you will need a few items. Some of the most common items are listed below, and many of the items can be purchased in our gift shop at prices much lower than other pet supply retail outlets. We hope this helps as you prepare your family and home for a new arrival!

Things you’ll need…

  • Food and Water Bowls: Get the right size for your pet. It’s best to start small for puppies and upgrade size as needed. Bowls should be easy to clean and must be washed daily. Stainless steel will generally last and are easy to clean.
  • Collar and Leash: An adjustable collar is best for puppies and kittens. Remember to check the fit as your pet grows. You may need to buy another size before he/she is fully grown. Lightweight nylon is best to start.
  • Grooming Supplies: Brushes, combs, nail clippers, toothbrush (yes, pets need clean teeth just like people)– get everything you need to keep your new friend looking and feeling their best. Acquaint puppies and kittens with a grooming routine early. They will learn to enjoy your touch and you will avoid a battle of wills later.
  • Toys: Avoid strings and toys that chip easily and can be swallowed. Don’t allow your pet to chew on you, old shoes, or other belongings. Your pet will be confused when you are upset over the destruction of your favorite pair of sneakers.
  • The Right Food: Consult your veterinarian about the proper nutrition for your pet. Pet food manufacturers often have representatives at local pet stores to inform you about their foods. Puppies and kittens need special formulas for healthy development. We feed Science Diet® pet foods and will send home a complimentary starter bag to help your pet with the transition to a new home and potentially new diet.
  • Crate or Bed: Give your pet its own safe place. Crates are wonderful tools for training your puppy. They allow it a special place to rest. You and your pet will be happier with one around. Read our crate training article or ask an adoption counselor for more information!
  • Pet Care Books: There are many good books that will help you learn about your pet’s health and training needs. A good reference volume will help with many questions as they arise.
  • Litterbox or Housetraining: Don’t forget the litterbox for kitty (document is in PDF format) or housetraining tips for pup!
  • Pet Proof Your Home: Secure dangerous, poisonous, or fragile items before you bring your new pet home.

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