Pet Adoption Myths and Tips


There's a lot of misconceptions and misinformation out there about shelter pets. Here's 5 common myths you should be wary of when it comes to pets who are waiting at Tehama County Animal Care Center.
1. "They have "issues" or something may be wrong with them."
Every pet's journey and their reason for coming to Tehama County Animal Care Center is completely unique! Go there with an open mind and you could be surprised by who you meet. While some pets may need extra help to open up or learn their manners, the shelter staff are more than ready to help match you with the right animal for your family.

2. "They won't bond with you."
You are literally saving a life when you adopt. No one is more grateful than a shelter pet going to a new loving, forever home. Give them time and love, and you'll see just how much they love and appreciate you.

3. "They aren't socialized well with other animals."
Many shelter pets are as kind-hearted and agreeable as the people who adopt them. Some pets thrive with other animals, even ones outside of their species!

4. "You won't be able to go out anymore."
Plenty of pets are fine at home on their own for short periods, and for those who aren't there's always crate-training, pet sitters, pet-friendly outings and of course, staying in with your new friend!
5. "They're difficult to train."
Positive reinforcement and a routine can teach any pet new tricks. Additionally, Tehama County Animal Care Center offers resources for continued training.


Here are some tips to keep your pet happy, safe and healthy!
Beware of Rodenticides and Cold Weather Poisons
Keep any rat and mouse poisons, as well as engine coolants and other chemicals securely locked away. Keep pets away from any affected areas and promptly and thoroughly clean any chemical spills.
Keep School Supplies Out of Paws' Reach
Be sure your children keep their school supplies like lunchboxes, art supplies, gum, candy, medications and hand sanitizer out of your pet's reach.
Watch Out for Wildlife
Especially during Autumn is when snakes are preparing for hibernation, increasing the possibility of bites to pets. However, be diligent all year round. Know what kinds of venomous snakes may be lurking in your area and keep your pets away.

Steer Clear of Mushrooms
While 99% of mushrooms have little or no toxicity, the 1% that are highly toxic can cause life-threatening problems in pets. The best way to prevent pets from ingesting these poisonous plants is to keep them away from areas where any mushrooms are growing.

Bringing a pet into your life for the first time is exciting! But there's a lot to think about before welcoming a furry friend into your home. Check out tips to help you prepare for a new pet!
1. Adopting is a commitment!
Make sure you consider how you'll care for your animal throughout potential changes to your family, home, job or other circumstances.

2. Keep an open mind.
You may fall in love with an animal that's different than the type you expected! The staff at Tehama County Animal Care Center can help you make the perfect match. They can also speak to an animal's space and time requirements, personality, health and more.

3. Prepare your home.
Pet-proof your home by keeping toxic foods, plants and household items like medications and cleaning products out of reach. You'll also want to secure your doors and windows, keep cords out of reach, and protect any rugs or furniture from accidents as your pet adjusts.

4. Make your new pet feel welcome!
Get a cozy bed or two for your pet, and purchase pet supplies such as bowls, food, a collar and ID and treats. For cats, look into scratching posts and perches, and for dogs, provide lots of toys and bones to chew.

5. Select a vet.
Select a veterinarian for your pet and stay up-to-date on all regular and preventative care visits, including vaccinations. Not only will this help keep your pet happy and healthy, but preventative care is safer and less costly than treating an emergency.

Road trips can be fun adventures to share with pets! Here's some information to help make the journey as smooth as possible.
Safety First
Pets should never roam freely in the car during road trips, as this can be distracting and dangerous. Your pet should always be fully restrained while inside the car. 

The safest place during a road trip is a well-ventilated crate on a flat surface where it won't slide around or topple over. There are also pet-specific seat belt options you can purchase to easily buckle them in.

For dogs- try not to let your dog stick their head out of the window as this can be dangerous.

Make sure your pet has an up-to-date microchip and that they are wearing a collar and ID tag with your current contact information.

Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car.

Identify emergency animal clinics at your destination and along your route, just in case.

Get ready, get set…
Get your pet used to shorter trips in the car before a long road trip. This will help your pet acclimate to the vehicle and give you a chance to see whether they seem uncomfortable or nauseated.

Anti-nausea medications can be used on a case-by-case basis with veterinary approval.

A tired pet will generally be calmer and more relaxed during a car trip, so exercise your pet before leaving and stop for regular walks and bathroom breaks.

Check out your destination! Make sure to investigate any deposits, fees, documentation or other items required by the lodging, state or country you're visiting.

Go! (but not without…)
A pet kit containing proof of vaccinations, food, bowls and waste bags. You should also bring any medication your pet needs. NOTE: Keep all medication (human and animal) away from your pet.

An engaging and enriching toy or treat to help keep your pet distracted and relaxed.

Water! It can be helpful to freeze a block of ice and place that in a bowl to help keep your pet hydrated with a bit less mess and potential to spill.

For more tips, visit the Tehama County Animal Care Center website and click on the Resources link in the main navigation bar.

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