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If you’re considering pet adoption in Tampa, there’s no better time than now! Adopting a pet for the first time is an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also come with apprehension and uncertainty. As a leading resource for Hillsborough County pet adoption, The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is here to provide the support you need once you find your forever companion.

As a first-time pet adopter, it’s important to create a welcoming and safe environment for your new pet. Here are some helpful steps to take before bringing your pet home to ensure a smooth transition.

Choosing the Right Supplies

Hillsborough County pet adoptionBefore bringing your pet home, make a list of essential supplies they’ll need. Gather items like food and water bowls, comfortable bedding, leashes, and collars in advance to make the transition smoother, all found at the HSTB retail store.

Specific pets may require additional items like litter boxes for cats or cages for pocket pets. Investing in a high-powered vacuum like a pet hair-specific BISSELL may also be helpful, as this vacuum is designed for pet hair to keep your furniture and floors clean.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay has a convenient on-site store with basic supplies for your new pet, as well as unique merchandise to celebrate adoption!

Pet-Proofing Your Home

Hillsborough County pet adoptionPets are naturally curious, so it’s important to ensure your home is safe for them to explore. Remove any plants that are toxic to pets and secure unsafe items like loose cables, cleaning supplies, and chemicals. Some common plants that are unsafe for animals include azaleas, sago palms, cyclamens, lilies, and tulips.

You may also consider using gates or barriers initially to restrict access to certain areas until your pet becomes acclimated.

Creating a Dedicated Space For Your New Pet

Hillsborough County pet adoption

After adopting a pet, they may feel overwhelmed or nervous during the adjustment period, especially if they have a history of trauma or are unfamiliar with people and other pets. 

Designate a space in your home specifically for them to promote a sense of belonging, safety, and familiarity. Include bedding, blankets, and toys in this area, and minimize strong smells and bright lights at night. Adding a dim night light can help them feel more comfortable in their new environment.

Prepare for Adoption With HSTB

As a leading shelter for pet adoption in Tampa, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is dedicated to providing support throughout the adoption process and beyond. Our team of animal lovers has the expertise and tools to help you and your new pet adjust to a beautiful life together.

For more tips on adopting a pet, check out our helpful training resources.

If you have any questions or want more information about Hillsborough County pet adoption, call us at (813) 876-7138,view our adoptable pets, or come visit us in person.