How to help your new family member adjust during their transition from shelter to a home.
When you bring your new dog or cat home from the shelter, it is a day for celebration. However, look at things from your new friends’ point of view. He has left a busy, noisy environment and is traveling in a car with people he does not know to a place he does not know. It is no surprise that he may be a little anxious or overwhelmed.
Be patient. This is a huge change for them! Even though all the humans involved know this is a positive change, give your new friend the appropriate amount of time to learn this for themselves. The last huge life change was arriving at HSoP. Helping your new friend acclimate and understand that this is now home, may take more time than anticipated. On the other side, they can surprise us all and be instantly at home!
Take it slow. Build up your relationship and bond before rocking the boat. Let them build their trust with you before taking them to over stimulating environments or inviting large groups of people over. We understand that having a new addition is very exciting! However, give them time to acclimate before sharing your new friend with all of your family and friends.
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