There are many charities in the Coventry area looking to find homes for all sorts of animals of all shapes and sizes. The benefits of adopting through a reputable rehoming centre is that they will be on hand to offer help and support throughout the rehoming process and as the new pet settles into your home.
It is important to be honest about your experience with the rehoming centre – if it is your first time looking after an animal, let them know so they can match you with the right animal. Be prepared that they may advise that you are not suitable for a particular animal. Some rescued animals have complex needs and may need an owner with more experience.
However, if you are prepared to be patient and to put your trust in the rehoming centre, there can be nothing more rewarding then giving a pet a second chance with your family.
Welcoming your new pet
Before your new pet arrives, it is important to be prepared.
Your pet will need:
- Suitable food
- Access to water
- A safe space to live in, including somewhere to sleep
- Something safe to travel in, such as a box or a basket - not just to travel home but also to travel to see your vet
Other things to consider, depending on the species:
- A collar and lead (dogs are legally required to wear a collar in public)
- Treatments for parasites, such as worms, fleas and ticks
- Toys to keep your pet stimulated
- Regular grooming and claw trimming
- Toothbrush for teeth cleaning
Get in touch
It is also important to register your new animal with your vet before you bring them home. Registering them with us will make it easier should they ever need help in an emergency and it will also give us the opportunity to book them in for a health check.
We recommend booking any new animal an appointment with one of our vets, regardless of its age as it gives the vet the opportunity to get to know you and your pet and, most importantly, to check that the new animal is in good health once it has arrived with you.
Health checks are free with vaccinations, so these appointments can be a great opportunity to check the wellbeing of your new family member. If you have taken on a young animal, then checking what vaccinations the pet has already had or may need, is particularly important. Most young animals will need one or two vaccinations in the first few months of their lives. For more information, see our vaccinations page.