After the Adoption

While your new pet may turn out to be the perfect lady or gentlemen from day one, it is more likely that he/she will take a little while to adjust to new surroundings and routines. Be patient and positive. Yelling or hitting an animal in order to correct unacceptable behavior will only make matters worse. Most behavior problems can be straightened out with patience and consistent application of a few simple training techniques. As part of the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society’s commitment to finding forever homes for our animals we will follow-up with each adopter after taking your pet home.

Importance of spaying and neutering

Spaying or neutering our pets is the only way to truly solve the pet overpopulation problem. Every animal adopted from OPHS is either already spayed or neutered or a voucher is included with the adoption for the animal’s surgery. If you are adopting a kitten or puppy, it may be too young to be spayed/neutered at the time of adoption, however, the fee is still covered in your adoption fee.

Before you adopt

Bringing a new pet into your family is an exciting experience for everyone involved, however, there are some things to consider before making this commitment.

  • Why do you want a pet?
  • How much time do you have to play with/exercise and train your new pet?
  • How much time will your pet spend home alone?
  • What is your (and your neighbor’s) tolerance for noise, such as barking?
  • Does your new pet need to live happily in a busy, active household or with children or older adults?
  • What type of pet are you looking for? Different breeds and animals have different personalities and activity levels. It is important to find a match that fits you and your family’s lifestyle. This includes all family members, children and other companion animals.
  • Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet?
  • Are you living arrangements suitable for the animal you have in mind?
  • What is your tolerance level for minor destruction, such as chewing, scratching furniture, knocking items off shelves, and/or housetraining accidents?

Thinking about these things beforehand can help us help you find the best match.


Why should I adopt a shelter pet?

Besides finding your soul mate companion…

  1. You will be saving a life. Even if you adopt from a no kill shelter you will allow for another animal to be rescued by making additional space available.
  2. By adopting an animal from a shelter rather than buying a new companion, you will reduce the demand that drives the commercial breeding of puppies and kittens.
  3. You will be saving money because adoptions costs are far less than buying from a pet shop or breeder.
  4. Puppies and kittens are cute, but they require a lot of attention, training and patience. There are many benefits to adopting a young adult or older pet which, in most cases, are already housebroken