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The first thing that came out of my mouth when I visited the Carson Animal Shelter was “What do I need to do to adopt a puppy?”
It was my first time taking responsibility for anything except for myself. Well maybe I took care of a goldfish when I was 8 years old and oh yeah, the ant farm I got for my 11th birthday, but a puppy was a whole different ball game.
The good news was when I asked “What do I need to adopt a puppy” I was 32 years old and finally ready to take on the responsibility of caring my own little pup.
Let’s rewind a little bit…
This is a step-by-step guide and I’d be remiss to leave out the steps leading up to my visit to the animal shelter.
What Do I Need To Do To Adopt A Puppy?
This is a step-by-step guide based on my experience adopting my first puppy Linus from the Carson Animal Shelter.
For Your Information, Linus was my first puppy and unfortunately I took some of these steps out of order. I shuffled them so the order is what I think would be best for your and your new puppy.
Step 1: Are You Ready To Adopt A Puppy?
Step 2: Research Puppies, Dog Breeds, etc.
Step 3: Browse Pet Adoption Websites & Apps
Step 4: Visit Shelters & Rescues
Step 5: Puppy Proof Your Home
Step 6: Puppy Supply Checklist
Step 7: Choosing A Puppy To Adopt
Step 8: Fill Out The Adoption Application
Step 9: Bring Your Puppy Home
Step 10: Make An Appointment With Your Vet
Step 11: Your Puppy’s First Night Home
Step 12: Congratulations! Get Some Rest 🙂
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